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Kadib Abyad

Kadib Abyad

Original name: Kadib Abyad
English name: The Mother Of All Lies
Year: 2023
Run time: 97 Min
Language: Arabic
Type (Colour/ Black & white): Colour
Country: Morocco, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Egypt
Director: Asmae El Moudir
Producers: Asmae El Moudir, Marc Lotfy
cast: Zahra Jeddaoui, Mohamed El Moudir, Ouardia Zorkani, Abdallah EZ Zouid, Said Masrour, Asmae El Moudir
Screenplay: Asmae El Moudir
Cinematographer: Hatem Nechi
Editor: Asmae El Moudir, Adviser: Nadia Ben Rachid
Sound Designer: Abdelaziz Glassine, Michael Fawzy
Music Composer: Nass El Ghiwane
Production Company: Insightfilms, Fig Leaf Studio
World Sales: Autlook Films


  • Cannes: Un Certain Regard 2023
  • Sundance FF 2024
  • Toronto IFF 2023
  • Karlovy Vary IFF 2023
  • Busan IFF 2023
  • MAMI Mumbai FF 2023

Director’s Selected Filmography:

  • 2020 The Postcard (Documentary)
  • 2015 Rough Cut (Short)
  • 2013 Thank God It’s Friday (Short)
  • 2012 The Colours Of Silence (Short)

Director's Biography:

Asmae El Moudir

Asmae El Moudir is a Moroccan film director, screenwriter and producer. She studied at La Fémis in Paris and holds a master's degree in production from the Superior Institute of Information and Communication in Rabat. She also graduated in 2010 from the Moroccan Film Academy in Film studies (ISCA). Asmae has directed documentaries for SNRT, Al Jazeera Documentary, BBC and Al Araby TV. She has won important national and international awards and her films have been screened in festivals worldwide. After making a number of short films, Asmae completed her first feature documentary, The Postcard, in 2020. The Mother Of All Lies is her second feature film.


Young Moroccan filmmaker Asmae El Moudir wants to know why she only has one photograph from her childhood, and why the girl in the picture isn’t even her. She decides to explore the past and its mysteries by creating a handmade replica of the Casablanca neighbourhood where she grew up. There, she begins to interrogate the tales her mother, father and grandmother talk about their home and their country. Slowly, she starts to unravel the layers of deception and intentional forgetting that have shaped her life. The truth is hard to face, but in this sometimes surreal nonfiction film, El Moudir begins to draw what is real to the surface