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Samira's Garden directed by Latif Lahlou
02:56:21 PM Monday Oct 20, 2008

Samira's Garden
Free feature film screening as part of the Arab Film Festival 2008

Samira's Garden
Director: Latif Lahlou
(Morocco, 2007, 112 minutes)

Upon arriving from Casablanca to the country home of her new husband, alluring Samira is filled with optimism about her new role as a wife and a lover. Quickly realizing that her much older husband took her on as wife to care for his dying father and not to gain a companion, Samira begins to look for other options. When Samira, desperate for tenderness, learns her husband is impotent and unwilling to discuss it, she begins to pursue her shy new nephew Farouk who is living in the house with them. Set against the picturesque Moroccan countryside, this sensual film maintains its beauty and artistry while daring to deal with an important social taboo in Moroccan culture. As time goes by, she becomes interested in young Farouk, who is a little frightened by her advances but ends up entangled in a very passionate relationship.

This screening is part of the Arab Film Festival. For details on the festival, please visit

Date: Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

James Bridges Theater
Melnitz Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Cost: Free

Special Instructions
Parking will be available in Parking Lot 3 (section F2 on the attached UCLA map), across the street from the James Bridges Theater. To obtain a parking permit ($9 per car) for Lot 3, please visit the parking/information kiosk located at the turnaround at Hilgard Avenue and Wyton Drive (section G3 on map).

For more information please contact
Peter Szanton, Center for Near Eastern Studies
Tel: (310) 825-1455

Download File: map_ucla.pdf

Sponsor(s): Center for Near Eastern Studies, Arab Film Festival, Women in Film International

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9:03 pm    May 6, 2009

ghalya houbbi message
I really liked this film. The actress was amazing, and it's so refreshing to see such a story line and film like this coming out of Morocco. Thank you Latif Lahlou!

11:44 am    October 24, 2008

hudhud message
this was a good movie. it made me cry.



2:44 pm    October 22, 2008

hudhud message
good question.. I don't know if there's been a dvd release of this film.

I haven't seen the Iranian film you mentioned. Link please? shoukran!


2:16 pm    October 21, 2008

Adnane Ben. message
This sounds different as of late and interesting! it reminds me of several Iranian films that deal with marriage relationships and impotency. Films like Leila for example. I wish there is a way to buy these films somewhere.

3:29 pm    October 20, 2008

hudhud message

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