This movie is

A moving and powerful story about ecological awareness and standing for educational rights, in a perspective of friendship and solidarity.

Synopsis

Climate change and overgrazing have brought poverty to the nomad tribes of the High Plateau of Atlas in Morocco. The Dehbi tribe is one of the oldest and last tribes left. Their ancestral way of life has been significantly tested by a decade-long drought and can no longer provide them with a living income. Now faced with the necessity to settle down, they feel more lost than when wandering with their cattle in the endless desert. Education becomes an essential struggle that also divides the community. To let a child go to school is to deprive oneself of a precious workforce. It might seem that there is not much hope for the children of the ‘School of Hope’, but the Dehbi are determined not to give up fighting.

Director

Mohamed El Aboudi

Countries

Finland, France, Marocco, United States

Cinematography

Marita Hällfors, Päivi Kettunen, Hannu-Pekka Vitikainen

Sound

Lou Strömberg, Miki Brunou, Salla Hamalainen

Editing

Lizi Gelber, Florence Bresson, Mikko Sippola, Mohamed El Aboudi

Original Music

Richard Horowitz

Production / DIffusion

Bellota Films, Illume, La Prod, Vulcan Productions

Maturity rating

U/A 7+