The brown, beige, white and black animals’ coats blend in with the ochre floor and sunbathed walls. The peaceful break is shattered by the deafening explosion of dogs barking eagerly at dinner time. At a stray-dog shelter in Agadir, Morocco, more than 750 animals find help and protection while waiting to be adopted. Every day is the same as the last, with mealtimes being the only excitement. Empathic and aware of the subtlety of light and texture, Halima Ouardiri explores the animals’ rhythm of life and endlessly on-hold existence, awaiting a new home.
HALIMA OUARDIRI. Canadian/Swiss/Moroccan Halima Ouardiri graduated from Montreal’s Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. She has produced projects for other filmmakers such as MANIC (Kalina Bertin, 2017), awarded at Brooklyn International Film Festival. Her first short, MOKHTAR (2010), was highly acclaimed in over 100 international festivals and won numerous awards in Amiens and Vancouver, among others. CLEBS (2019), her most recent documentary short, won the Crystal Bear and the Special Jury Prize at the 2020 Berlinale, and it continues touring international festivals. THE CAMEL DRIVING SCHOOL, currently in development and produced by Indie Prod y Art & Essai, will be her first full-length film.