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Door to the Sky, A
[Bab Al-Sama Maftouh]

Feature Film

Farida Ben Lyzaid


107 minutes

Arabic with English subtitles


"Shows us the Islamic religion and Arab women's issues with a thoroughness and bluntness and sympathy that seem genuinely surprising."
- Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune

Ordering Information
Available for online sale
Available for online sale

Nadia, a young Moroccan emigre, returns from Paris to Fez to visit her dying father. At his funeral, she is overcome by the voice of Karina chanting the Koran. A powerful friendship develops between the two women as they decide to turn the father's palace into a Muslim women's shelter. A Door To The Sky is a Sufi tale told in a metaphoric language.

It is also the first North African film to address the social and economic changes as proposed by a spiritual Muslim woman on a quest to preserve her cultural and religious identity.

This film is available with a Digital Site License (DSL), which allows colleges, universities, or libraries to encode, locally host, and stream the film to their community on a closed, password-protected system.

Rental Information
This film is available from AFD for public screenings and television broadcast. For information regarding rental rates and formats, please contact [email protected] for institutional/non-theatrical screenings, or [email protected] for theatrical, festival, television, or other bookings.

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