My Favorite Fabric
For young Nahla freedom is her desire and revolution is a sensual, bold colourful fantasy made up of different textures like her beloved clothes. But her mother believes that only a marriage can secure her daughter a better life. In the tumultuous Damascus of 2011 the quest for identity is a war armed solely with dreams. The film will be introduced by Katerina Malichin, Psychoanalyst and Lecturer at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and the Paris-Diderot. A discussion with the audience will follow the screening. Free-entry. With Greek subtitles
FRANCE, GERMANY, TURKEY | 2018 | COLOR | DCP | 95' | ARABIC
In turbulent Damascus in 2011, a young girl is seeking her personal freedom. Her mother believes that this freedom will come with a successful marriage to someone who lives away from Syria and will give her a chance for a new life. The girl however dreams of a different freedom, sensual, bold, colorful, made of various fabrics like her favorite clothes , the ones she sells at the store where she works or those that, without her permission, her mother ripped apart in order to make a dress for her sister, since she did find someone to marry.
Syrian Gagya Jiji’s first feature is a statement of internal revolution, a manifesto for the freedom of dreams. The film premiered in "Un Certain Regard" at Cannes Film Festival. A.D.
DIRECTOR: Gaya Jiji
SCREENWRITERS: Gaya Jiji, Eiji Yamazaki
DoP: Antoine Héberlé
MUSIC: Peer Kleinschmidt
EDITOR: Jeanne Oberson
PRINCIPAL CAST: Manal Issa, Metin Akdülger, Ula Tabari, Souraya Baghdadi, Mariah Tannoury, Nathalie Issa, Saad Lostan, Wissam Fares
Damascus-born director and actress, Gaya Jiji, made three shorts before shooting My Favorite Fabric. Her first feature film was presented in Un Certain Regard, in 2018. Gaya won the Women in Motion Prize at the Festival de Cannes in 2016.
2018 My Favorite Fabric