Farewell Exile

Also Known As: Salam Ghourba
Director: Lamia Alami
Country: Morocco
Year: 2011
Running Time: 15 min.
Language: Arabic

In the midst of an underprivileged Moroccan neighborhood, Fatima, 30, is waiting anxiously to join her husband who migrated to France over a year ago as soon as she received the immigration papers. The absence of the husband, the misery that surrounds her, the lack of job and finances, along with the harmful environment that her naïve son, Mohammed, 10, is immersed in gives her very little hope. Will the husband’s letter potentially secure a brighter future for her and her son Mohammed or will she have to make a crucial sacrifice?

About the Director

Lamia Alami

Biography: Lamia Alami is a ‘nomad’ rooted in the spirit of a rich mixed heritage, a rebel with a cause, a lover of the mystical, a cinema addict and a culture aficionado. She is half Moroccan and a quarter Swiss/quarter Polish. Lamia was born and raised in Casablanca, Morocco where she draws most of her artistic inspiration and fuel. Lamia’s passion for social activism and cultural exploration are her core reasons to write and direct films. Her films are geared to reflect an appreciation and understanding of cultures and peoples, and a critical portrayal of repression and injustice. Lamia moved to New York, the home of independent thinking and creativity in order to pursue her dream and refine her vision. She attended NYU Tisch Graduate Film School in order to pursue her MFA in writing/directing.

(Source: http://www.salamghourba.com/index.php?p=1_5_CREW)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Farewell Exile [Salam Ghourba] (2012, 2013).

Farewell Exile [Salam Ghourba] (2011);
Charmers (2012).