Traitors (Khawana) by Sean Gullette. USA/Morocco/UAE, 2011, HD Video, Colour, 31 minutes. Written, produced and directed by Sean Gullette Co-produced by Karim Debbagh Cinematographers: Benoît Peverelli and Niko Tavernise Editor: Dominique Auvray Sound Editor: Jean Dubreuil Music Supervision: Oliver Orion Cast: Chaimae Ben Acha, Basma Ben Moussa, Lamiae El Ahmadi, Sarah Habib Chorfa, Norah Ben Hachem, Firouz Rahal Bouzid, Abdesslam Bounouacha, Fatima Mrabet Commissioned by Sharjah Art Foundation
Malika lives a double life. By day, she is a conservatively dressed student and call-centre worker, who lives with her parents in the old kasbah of Tangier. After sunset, she becomes the leader of the all-girl punk band Traitors, whose incendiary songs are driven by Malika’s strong voice. On the evening she is preparing to shoot her first music video on the streets of Tangier, Malika goes to ‘borrow’ some money from her mother’s bedside table. She finds something unexpectedly troubling that will haunt and propel her through the adventures of the long night ahead. (In Arabic and French, with subtitles in English).
Masrah Al Qasba, Sharjah
07.11.12 – 10.11.12
Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi