School of Hope

Includes Q&A

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Film Info
Country Listing:Finland
Premiere Status:International Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2021
Accessibility:Full Subtitles
Program Category:International Spectrum
Film Subjects:African Cultures & Issues
Children & Youth
Ecology & the Environment
Rural Life
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Mohamed El Aboudi
Assistant Director(s):Réda Nouiga
Producer(s):Pertti Veijalainen
Co-Producer(s):Hind Saïh
Dominique Barneaud (Bellota Films)
Aimee Link (Vulcan Productions)
Lamia Chraibi (La Prod)
Co-Executive Producer(s):Leila Amran
Jody Allen
Ruth Johnston
Rocky Collins
Associate Co-Producer:Susan Grella
Writer(s):Mohamed El Aboudi
Editor(s):Lizi Gelber
Florence Bresson
Mohamed El Aboudi
Mikko Sippola
Cinematography:Hannu-Pekka Vitikainen
Marita Hällfors
Päivi Kettunen
Sound:Pietari Koskinen
Graphic Design:Antti Kangassalo


Winner—Special Jury Prize – International Feature Documentary

In the expansive desert east of the Atlas Mountains in Morocco, where seasonal rain and snow once supported livestock and nomadic traditions, an extended drought caused by the climate crisis never seems to end. Despite generating a tiny carbon footprint, the Oulad Boukais tribe deal with the threat of environmental collapse every day. So, to ensure their children's future, they establish a school. Shot over three years, this optimistic story emphasizes potential, opportunity and improvement over the harsh realities of unemployment, illiteracy, loss of tradition and desertification and accentuates the positives—the children's excitement to learn, an altruistic teacher's exuberance to teach and a community's adaptation to change. Along with students Mohamed, Miloud and Fatima, the desert itself is a character, communicating its vastness, endurance and power, with powerful cinematic pacing and style, as both a lesson and motivation for both the tribe and the film's audience. Angie Driscoll

International Spectrum program supported by
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