The Ben Youssef family migrates every year from the desert-like landscape of Nkob to the green pastures of Igourdane. With their goats (number around 800) , donkeys, mules, camels and dogs, each summer they embark on a formidable journey of resilience by foot. Overcoming difficult weather conditions with hot and dry days and cold nights, with limited access to food and water, the family makes their way through uneven terrain with steep climbs and descents, to reach the agdal before the official opening where all the right holders are allowed to take their livestock into the pastures. As part of this traditional system of communal natural resource management, the Ait Atta tribe preserves their ancestral right of access to the agdal dating back hundreds of years, even if it is often times denied and challenged by the villagers settled around. A sensorial ethnographic film on the incredible movement and (im)mobilities of the family and their herd, the film juxtaposes the hopes and constraints, obligations and sacrifices of a family torn apart between their traditions and their need to adapt to modern life. Stretching over the past, present and the future, the film provides an untimely intergenerational perspective on the essence and the very challenges of nomadism within an ever transforming Moroccan society.
awards & screenings
2022 Nominated- Long List for One World Media Awards for Best Feature Documentary Film, BAFTA, London UK.
2022 Winner Golden Sun Award for best documentary of the year, by SUNCINE (FICMA) Film Festival Barcelona, Catalunya.
2022 Winner Human Ecology Award by Green Planet Films, USA
2021 Winner Human Rights Award by QIIFF Quetzalcoatl Indigenous Film Festival [ Film and World Indigenous cultures ]Oaxaca Mexico.
2021 Winner Best Documentary Awards, London Documentary Awards, December,UK
2021 Winner Best Documentary Film of the Month at Oniros, Film Festival New York, New York USA.
2021 Nominated for Best International Documentary Film by 30th International Festival of Ethnological Film , Belgrade, Serbia.
2021 Nominated for Best Feature Documentary Film at BARCIFF Barcelona Indie Filmmakers Fest, Spain.
2022 Festival International du Film Ethnographic du Quebec FIFEQ, 19 May, Canada.
2022 Etnografilm Paris, 22 April, France
2022 Göttingen Visual Anthropology Film Festival ,May Germany.
2022 Film Screening and Roundtable, Cadi Ayyad University Festival, Marrakech, Morocco.
2022 Harvest Festival, Film Screening and Roundtable, Institute Francais, Marrakech, Morocco.
2021 Golden Tree International Film Festival, Paris, France.
2021 International Migration and Environmental Film Festival IMEFF, Ontario, Canada.
2021 Essex Doc Fest, UK.
2021 Kosice International Monthly Film Festival, Slovakia.
2021 Kratovo Ethnological Documentary Film Festival, Macedonia.
2021 The S.O.F.A Film Festival, 18. October, Cyprus.
2021 International Nature Film Festival Gödöllő - Nature and Environmental Protection Festival , 28 May Budapest, Hungary.
2021 Athens Ethnographic Film Festival, Athens Greece.
2021 Moscow International Festival of Visual Anthropology "Mediating Camera” , 11-16 May, State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia.
2021 Global Lift Off Screenings, Pinewood Studios in the UK and Raleigh Studios in Hollywood ,USA.
2021 Mediterranean Films Festival, Cannes, November, France.
2021 EthnoKino Visual Anthropology Film Screening and Roundtable, Bern, Switzerland.