MARIAM

director: 
Faiza Ambah
country: 
UAE, France, Saudi Arabia, USA, Qatar
year: 
2015
category: 
film
legth: 
45'
section: 
INTERNATIONAL AND SIGNIS JURIES
festival edition: 
2016
It's 2004 and France has passed a law banning religious symbols in public schools. Mariam, French-born with Arab parents, recently wore the hijab after performing the hajj with her grandmother. At the start of the academic year she doesn't want to acknowledge the law and she has to choose between being excluded from her school and to keep the veil. To complicate matters, a popular young Arab boy in school, Karim, starts paying attention to her because of her hijab...