Ajyal Film Festival 2019

All Films

House in the Fields (Tigmi Nigren)

Ajyal Competition

Tala Hadid / Feature Documentary / Morocco, Qatar / 2017 / 86 min / Colour / DCP2K
In Amazigh / Arabic, English subtitles
Interests: Creative Documentary, Coming of Age
Gulf Premiere
Rated: Parental guidance advised for viewers under the age of 15. Individuals under the age of 15 are not admitted into cinemas unless accompanied by an individual aged 18 or over.


High in the Atlas Mountains in Morocco, life in an isolated rural Amazigh community has changed little over the past millennium. History is passed down the generations orally, transmitted by traditional bards and storytellers. Filmmaker Tala Hadid gained intimate access to this community, as well as their trust, in her quest to document their daily lives in visual form, thereby preserving a moment in a culture that is constantly faced with the rapid changes of the larger society in which it exists.

‘House in the Fields’ primarily follows two teenage sisters. In a nation that has recently made steps forward in providing equal rights for women, Khadija dreams of becoming a lawyer one day, while her elder sister Fatima has stopped attending school pending her upcoming marriage. A languid camera captures the sisters’ conversations as they discuss the possibilities and likelihoods of the future, as we wonder what the impact of social progress will be on centuries of embedded culture. Daily life in the village is mostly a matter of survival, with tending to crops and gathering food being a constant; how do these youngsters hopes for the future mesh with such an apparently simple existence?

About the Directors

Tala Hadid’s work has screened at festivals around the world, including the Berlin International Film Festival and the Venice Film Festival and, among other venues, at the Museum of Modern Art and the Lincoln Center in New York City, the Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis, the Cinémathèque Française in Paris and the Photographer’s Gallery in London. Her films have received numerous awards, among them an Academy Award. Hadid’s ‘House in the Fields’ had its premiere at the Berlinale.


Tala Hadid
Tala Hadid, Larbi Idmansour
Tala Hadid
Associate Producer
Lisa Kleiner Chanoff
Executive Producer
Joslyn Barnes, Sawsan Asfari, Maya Sanbar
Umaru Embalo, Tommaso Cammarano
Richard Horowitz
Tala Hadid
Sales Company
Alpha Violet
Production Company
Kairos Films
Jean-Guy Veran
Khadija El Gounad, Fatima El Gounad

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