The Mother of All Lies

An innovative new film creatively attempts to describe what it is like growing up in a dictatorship where history is suppressed. This hybrid documentary The Mother of All Lies draws upon the family history of the filmmaker to look at the way in which the violence and mass incarceration arising from 1981 Food Riots in Morocco were experienced and interpreted. A musing on memory and how the weight of events remain on the shoulders of history’s participants, the film is currently screening in competition at the Sydney Film Festival. Stephen Hill talked to film-maker Asmae El Moudir about her elaborately staged film.

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