EN - Little Mohamed and his family live in the small village of Taroudant, Morocco. Eleven of the family members are blind. Living in extreme poverty and excluded from society, they try to keep their hopes and dreams alive. Mohamed is smart and playful with one dream: to keep his sight. Naïma is the first who pursues higher education. But the constant lack of money makes her dream very uncertain.


Title Into Darkness
Original title Into Darkness
Original language Arabic
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Shorts , Docs
Genre drama, youth
Year 2015
World première / first public presentation 2015-11-22


Photography Kris Van den Bulck
Editing Erika De Korte
Sound Zineb El Ouarzazi
Music Emika

Technical specs

Running time film 31'
Release format HD video
Other available formats DCP
Aspect ratio 16:9
Sound format Stereo
Colour Colour


Production partners ESAV Marrakech


2015: Student Competion / Kids & Docs Competition - IDFA/International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (NL)

New Flemish documentary work on show in Amsterdam

This year’s International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) presents a batch of new and recent documentary work by Marie Brumagne & Bram Van Cauwenberghe, Sarah Vanagt, Dries Depoorter, Isabelle Tollenaere and Rachida El Garani. Dutch-Flemish co-production A Family Affair opens the Festival on November 18.

Into DarknessInto Darkness by Rachida El Garani has been invited for both the Student Competition and the Kids & Docs Competition at IDFA. The director’s graduation short is about Mohamed, an 11-year-old Moroccan boy whose only dream it is not to turn blind, as have 11 of his family members. Living in poverty and excluded from society, the deeply religious family tries to keep their hopes and dreams alive.

Published on Wednesday 14 October 2015

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Short info

Director Rachida El Garani
Producers RITCS School of Arts
Writers Rachida El Garani

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