9 YEARS LATER / KA’AVOR 9 SHANIM
Yifat Kedar, Sari Ezouz | Israel 2009, 70 Min. | OmeU
Danielle, a Jew who grew up as a Muslim in Morocco, struggles for the right to bring up her son Nasser. Nine years after she was forced to leave him and moved to live in Jerusalem, she returns to Morocco to fight for custody. She sets off, apprehensive about the meeting with her son, now 14, and with her Muslim family, from which she drifted far apart. She expects to face difficulties due to the Moroccan laws but to her surprise, she finds that the real difficulties come from the society in which she lives. Whilst Nasser, who so movingly reconnects with her, develops hopes to finally reunite with his mother, the Jewish bureaucracy takes its time and puts at risk the fragile confidence built between them.