L’ÉCOLE DE L’ESPOIR

(School of Hope)

78 minutes, 2020
Director : Mohamed EL ABOUDI (Morocco, Finland)
Production : Illume (Finland), Bellota Films (France), Vulcan Productions (USA), La Prod (Morocco)
With the participation ofFrance Télévisions, YLE (Finland)
In coproduction with 2M (Morocco)

Set in Morocco’s High Atlas Mountains, the film shows the children of a nomadic tribe, the Oulad Boukais. Over the past 15 years, climate change and overexploitation have forced these nomads to settle down, causing great poverty. On the edge of the desert the tribe nevertheless decided to fight, remaining on its land and educating its children in a small school far from everything, without water or electricity. The film tells the story of this school and the families who built it.

Mohamed EL ABOUDI was born and grew up in Morocco. He has a BA in Drama from the University of Fez (1991) and a Masters in Film and Television from Bond University, Australia (1997). Mohamed’s films show life stories: he has made documentaries about asylum seekers, immigrant mothers, artists, and a young girl with Down’s syndrome. His films have been shown in several festivals around the world. His documentary “Dance of Outlaws” won the 2013 PriMed’s Mediterranean Issues Award.

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