Moroccan director Asmae El Moudir won the Grand Prix "Etoile d'Or" at the 20th Marrakech Film Festival for her multi-platform film "The Mother of All Lies".
"The Mother of All Lies" tells the story of young filmmaker Asmae, who visits her parents in Casablanca to help them move house. Once home, Asmae starts sorting through old things from her childhood. Suddenly, she comes across a photo that becomes the starting point of an investigation in which Asmae questions all the little lies her family told her. As she goes along, Asmae explores the memory of her neighbourhood and her country.
It is the first Moroccan film to win the Etoile d'Or in the history of the Marrakech International Film Festival. Produced in 2023, it won the director's prize in the 'Un Certain Regard' section of the Cannes Festival.
Morocco was also represented at this year's awards ceremony by Kamal Lazraq's film Les Meutes, which tied for the Jury Prize with "Bye Bye Tiberias" by Lina Soualem (Palestine).