Past Event
Visual and Dramatic Arts
Saturday, February 16
Sweat Rain

About the Event


Directed by Hakim Belabbes
2017, Morocco, 2h 6m
Presented by Latif Adnane
Friday, February 15 2019

Doors open at 6:30
Film screening begin at 7
Admission for the screening will be donated to Down Syndrome Association of Houston

On an ancestral piece of land in central Morocco, M’barek, a small farmer lives with his pregnant wife, Aida, his old sick father, and his son, Ayoub, an adolescent with Down Syndrome. A drought is in full swing, and to deal with it, M’barek spends his time trying to dig a well, that he hopes, could lessen the impact of the drought on his land. M’barek also owes money to the Crédit Agricole Bank. He can barely provide for his family, with a new baby soon to arrive. Ayoub lives in his parallel world. He is dreamy, and spends his time between the forest where he herds the small family flock of sheep, and school. Aida does her best to hold the balance within the family. In her role as a mother and a wife, she tries to alleviate her husband’s anxieties as he faces a deadline to pay his debt.

About the director
Hakim Belabbes is an award winning Moroccan-American independent filmmaker. Among his films are: Weight of The Shadow (2014), Defining Love: A Failed Attempt (2013), Fragments (2011), Boiling Dreams (2010), These Hands… (2008), Why O’ Sea? (2006), Threads (2003), and A Nest in the Heat (2001).

Hakim Belabbes graduated from the Mohamed V University in Rabat, Morocco and Columbia College in Chicago, where he is currently teaching film direction and production. Hakim Belabbes also created and runs The Sahara Lab Film Institute, an initiative to teach the art and craft of filmmaking in the remote southern region of Morocco.

This event is sponsored by: CinemaNa and AMERICAN MOROCCAN BUSINESS COUNCIL

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