Traitors (Khawana), 2012

Sean Gullette
Traitors, 2012
Digital video, colour
83 minutes
Arabic with English subtitles
Film still
Commissioned by Sharjah Art Foundation


Malika is the leader of the all-female punk rock band Traitors, with a strong vision of the world, her hometown of Tangier, and her place in it.
When she needs money to save her family from eviction, and to realize her dreams for the band, Malika agrees to a fast cash proposition: a smuggling run over the mountains for a dangerous drug dealer.
But her companion on the road is Amal, a burnt-out young drug mule, who Malika decides to free from her enslavement to the dangerous drug dealers.
The challenge will put Malika's rebel ethos to the test, and to survive she will have to call on all her instincts and nerve.


Sean Gullette is an American writer, actor and filmmaker based in Tangier, Morocco. His career began when he co-wrote and played the lead role in Pi, directed by longtime collaborator Darren Aronofsky. He has since appeared in more than twenty films. In 2011, he returns to the screen in The Two Lives of Daniel Shore, with Nikolai Kinski, and his screenplay adaptation of Nobel Prize winner Kenzaburo Oe’s Nip the Buds, Shoot the Kids is going into preproduction. Gullette’s debut feature as a director, Tangier, which he has authored as well, will star Kristin Scott Thomas, Jeremy Irons and Emile Hirsch and is produced by Aronofsky’s Protozoa Pictures.