A PLACE UNDER THE SUN

MAKAN TAHTA AL SHAMS

By Karim AITOUNA

HAUTLESMAINS PRODUCTIONS - as PROD

Documentary - Post-Production 2017

The film is an immersion in the daily life of three Moroccan street vendors who try to find a place in an illegal economy. They join a workers union to claim for a legal status in the post Arab Spring context.

    • Year of production
    • 2017
    • Genres
    • Documentary, First film
    • Countries
    • FRANCE, MOROCCO
    • Languages
    • ARABIC
    • Budget
    • 0 - 0.3 M$
    • Director(s)
    • Karim AITOUNA
    • Writer(s)
    • Karim AITOUNA
    • Producer(s)
    • Karim AITOUNA, Thomas MICOULET
    • Synopsis
    • In Northern Morocco, the city of Tetouan, three street vendors: Mohamed, Abd Rahman and Saidia, live the same daily struggle. They must earn their bread in the streets and markets crowded with hundreds of competitors in an increasingly tense sector.
      Mohamed, Abd Rahman and Saidia are all tired of selling in the street with anxiety, fear and humiliation. They dream of a better future for themselves and their children. With this dream they engage in the collective action within an association of street vendors and meet every Friday in the offices of their union: the Moroccan Workers’ Union. Led by the President Al Komsi (50 years old), a street vendor and talented orator, the association has existed since 2008 following by the first conflict, which at the time had already opposed to the municipal authorities.
      Unable to act against the municipality’s contempt for years, the impact of Bouazizi’s act gave them a new hope. They understood that they could challenge the authorities and thus change their destiny. They do not hesitate to make their voices heard and to sit at the negotiating table with Mr. Srihen (54 years old), the vice president in charge of the markets.
    • Partners & financing
    • SANAD Abu Dhabi
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