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The Blue Caftan

  Maryam Touzani

  France, Morocco, Belgium, Denmark     122 minutes

Synopsis

Sensual, arresting, and graceful, The Blue Caftan tells the story of Halim, a master tailor, who spends his days in the back of his shop making beautiful, hand-embroidered caftans. Dedicated to keeping a dying tradition alive, he labors over every stitch to meet his own high standards of perfection, while his wife Mina deals with the customers and the store’s day-to-day business. Their quiet life of routine is thrown off-kilter when Halim reluctantly takes on the earnest if inexperienced Youssef as an apprentice to keep up with orders. The two work together intimately and begin to form a tentative bond that extends beyond that of student and mentor, ever fearful that their mutual attraction will be found out. Director Maryam Touzani captures each tender touch and subtle glance in this visually breathtaking, intensely sympathetic reflection on adoration, love, and longing.

 Arabic with subtitles 

Screenings & Events

Screening

Tue, Oct 18 @ 8:15pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 4

Screening

Wed, Oct 19 @ 6:00pm CDT

at Gene Siskel Film Center

Media

Film Credits

  •   Nabil Ayouch
  •   Maryam Touzani, Nabil Ayouch
  •   Nicolas Rumpl
  •   Virginie Surdej
  •   Lubna Azabal, Saleh Bakri, Ayoub Missioui
  •   Nassim El Mounabbih
  •   Les films du nouveau monde, Ali n’ Productions, Velvet Films, Snowglobe

Shorts 4: The World As We Know It (Documentary)

  Various

  Austria, Hong Kong, Morocco, Poland, United Kingdom, United States 93 minutes

Synopsis

Personal, political, philosophical, and emotional, this collection of films showcases the very best in documentary form—from essayistic meditations to vérité assemblages and deeply-felt human portraits. Featuring works by Kanas Liu, Jamie Meltzer and Chris Filippone, Katarzyna Warzecha, Carmine Grimaldi, Erica Beebe, and Robin Klengel, Leonhard Müllner and Michael Stumpf.

Shot on the streets of Hong Kong during the 2019 Extradition Bill protests, Comrades (Hong Kong) is a moving portrait of uprising and solidarity. Huntsville Station (U.S.) observes the comings and goings of a Greyhound station near Huntsville State Penitentiary—the first stop for inmates released on parole. Sifting through old letters between his parents, Adam uncovers an extraordinary family secret in the emotional animated We Have One Heart (Poland). Profiling a pastor, his wife, and a dwindling congregation, When Two or Three (U.S.) is a picture of faith and the search for God in small-town Arizona. Radia (UK) is a shepherd and farmer whose childhood and circumstances  prevented her from access to education. The film is an urgent observation about prescriptive fate, agency, and determination. How to Disappear (Austria) contemplates the act of desertion within the world of a videogame.

 Cantonese, Darija, English, Polish with subtitles 

Sponsors

Program Sponsor

Logo: WTTW (2019)

“Radia” [Short Film]

  Erica Beebe

  Morocco, United Kingdom 14 minutes

Watch Info

This film is available as part of Shorts 4: The World As We Know It (Documentary)

Synopsis

Radia is a shepherd and farmer whose childhood and circumstances prevented her from access to education. The film is an urgent observation about prescriptive fate, agency, and determination.

 Darija with subtitles 

Sponsors

Documentary Program Sponsor

Logo: WTTW (2019)

Women in Cinema Program Sponsor

John and Jacolyn Bucksbaum Family Foundation