Introduced by Siham Bouamer, Sam Houston State University

When 20-year-old Sofia buckles over in pain during a family gathering, her cousin whisks Sofia off to a hospital, telling the traditional family members that Sofia needs to go to the pharmacy to seek relief from a stomachache. In fact, Sofia has gone into labor without knowing she was pregnant.

So begins a nightmarish journey that is all too real in the repressive context of Morocco, where premarital sex is a criminal offense. The ensuing familial and legal crisis provides a damning portrait of a society where antiquated values vie with a pervasive cynicism.

About the Speaker
Siham Bouamer is an assistant professor of French at Sam Houston State University. She was awarded a PhD in French literature at Washington University in St. Louis and a certificate in women, gender, and sexuality studies. Bouamer is a specialist of francophone and postcolonial studies, focusing on 19th- and 20th-century French and North African literature as well as broad comparative interests that reach into other disciplines such as Arabic, gender, and cultural studies.

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Meryem Benm’Barek
French and Arabic with English subtitles
Running Time
80 minutes
Digital, Color