Moroccan producer Saadi directing first film

'Road to Hope' will be made at Bentaqerla

Rachida Saadi, one of the few femme film producers in Morocco, is directing her first movie, “The Road to Hope.”

It, along with Selma Bargach’s “The Fifth String,” will be made at Saadi’s Casablanca-based production house, Bentaqerla.

“Hope” is a love story set against the study of relations between the developed and developing world, set in two neighboring villages in Morocco’s poor south.

“String” turns on the rivalry between two Moroccan lute players, an uncle and nephew.

“The younger man gains in expertise, but his life is marred by envy,” said Bargach, in Berlin with Saadi to attend Euromed training initiative Mediterranean Films Crossing Borders.

“String” will shoot first, Bargach said. Neither film is fully financed. But the Moroccan producer will get public subsidies, coming in at e300,000 to e400,000 plus Moroccan TV fees worth around e100,000.

Saadi will try to tap remaining pic coin from institutions such as the Agency for Cultural and Technical Co-operation for French-speaking countries.

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