A Door To The Sky
Still from A Door to the Sky, part of Cinema Rediscovered

A Door To The Sky

classified 15 S

Women’s Stories from the Global South (& To Whom They Belong)


Please note: This was screened in July 2022

Farida Benlyazid
Chaabia Laadraoui. Eva Saint-Paul. Zakia Tahri
107 mins, Subtitled, 1985, Morocco
Primary language

When she finds out her father is dying, Nadia, a Moroccan émigré to France, returns to Fes to say goodbye. At her father’s funeral, she hears a voice chanting the Quran and develops a friendship with the woman singing it.

As the friendship between the two women grows, Nadia is inspired to turn the house she has inherited from her father into a shelter for Muslim women. A beautifully told story that combines spirituality with social and economic concerns in Morocco, Door to the Sky interrogates the power of return and rediscovery.

For many years, no copy of this film in any format was made available to audiences in Morocco. Now restored to its former glory through collaborative efforts by the University of Exeter, the Centre Cinematographique Morocco (CCM), and Dragon DI, the film has been donated to the CCM to guarantee its access to the population that it represents.

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