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Wed, 03 May

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Reclaim The Frame partner cinemas

The Blue Caftan + Q&A

Next up for #ReclaimTheFrame... The Blue Caftan directed by Maryam Touzani (France/Morocco) Maryam Touzani's second feature, THE BLUE CAFTAN, is a captivating character study about loyalty, love and longing.

The Blue Caftan + Q&A
The Blue Caftan + Q&A

Time & Location

03 May 2023, 19:00

Reclaim The Frame partner cinemas

About the event

Maryam Touzani's second feature, THE BLUE CAFTAN, is a captivating character study about loyalty, love and longing. Watching Halim (Salim Bakri) painstakingly embroider traditional caftans, each stitch full of historical significance, is like watching a poetic, intimate ritual.

While Halim sews, his wife, Mina (Lubna Azabal), deals with their demanding customers; many of whom desire the unique and superior quality of a bespoke handmade caftan, and the status it affords them, but they are too impatient to wait. The universal desire for instant gratification means business is suffering.

Enter, Youssef (Ayoub Missioui), a gifted young apprentice who wants nothing more than to learn the maalem tradition from a master craftsman. Youssef soon settles in and Halim, in turn, enjoys his quiet steadiness and desire to learn.

Over time, Mina observes the longing in her husband's fleeting glances at his young protégé and says nothing. Mina has bigger things on her mind.

#ReclaimTheFrame with our special preview screenings, including a post-screening conversation with Director Maryam Touzani:

  • Prince Charles Cinema, London - Wednesday 3 May, 18:00 - In partnership with Fhamtini and co-hosted by lead-curator Imane Lamime.
  • Curzon Bloomsbury, London - Thursday 4 May, 18:00 - Moderated by Melanie Iredale

Additional dates, including a post-screening conversation with Director Maryam Touzani:

The Blue Caftan will be presented with Descriptive Subtitles (SDH), and all event elements will be live captioned. If you have any questions about the access provisions for this event, you can contact our Access & Inclusion Manager at charlie@reclaimtheframe.org

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