House in the Fields (2017): Tala Hadid First Film in Trilogy Set in Morocco

Tala Hadid’s House in the Fields premiered at the 2017 Berlin Film Fest in the Forum section, competing for the Glashütte Original Documentary Award.

House in the Fields (Tigmi N Igren), the first film of a trilogy set in Morocco,  takes viewers on a journey from the Atlas Mountains, to Casablanca and finally to Europe.

The film examines the life of an isolated rural Amazigh community in the south-west region of the High Atlas Mountains.

The thousand-year history of the Amazigh in Morocco has been recounted, preserved and transmitted by bards and storytellers in oral form among Tamazight speaking pastoral communities.

House in the Fields continues this tradition of transmission, in an audiovisual form, in an attempt to faithfully document and present a portrait of a village and community that has remained unchanged for hundreds of years despite being confronted with the rapidly changing sociopolitical realities of the country at large.

The film follows the lives’ of certain villagers, specifically two teenage sisters, one who must give up school to prepare for her wedding, and the other who dreams of being a judge.

Writer-Director-Photographer Tala Hadid made her first film “Sacred Poet” on Pier Paolo Pasolini.

The author of several short films, she completed “Tes Cheveux Noirs Ihsan” which received an Academy Award, and won the Panorama Best Short Film Award at the Berlin Film Fest.

It went on to win several prizes including the Kodak/Cinecolor Prize, Best film and Best actress award at the Tangiers National Film Festival and awards from the Global Film Initiative, the Milos Forman grant, and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.

Hadid’s work has screened, among other venues, at the MoMA in New York City, L’Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris, the Goteberg Kunsthalle in Sweden, the Goethe Institute/Cairo, the Los Angeles County Museum, la Cinémathèque Française in Paris and the Photographer’s Gallery in London

In 2010-2011 Hadid worked on her long term project Heterotopia, a series of photographs documenting life in a New York City brothel.

In 2013, the Fine Art photography publisher Stern published a volume of a selection of Hadid’s photographs as part of its Stern Fotografie Portfolio series of emerging photographers.

In 2014, Hadid completed work on “Itarr el Layl” (The Narrow Frame of Midnight). The award-winning film premiered at the Toronto film Fest and went on to screen at numerous film festivals and venues around the world, including the Lincoln Center in New York, the Rome Film Fest, London Film Fest, and the Walker Arts Center.