The Sleeping Child

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The Sleeping Child
Directed by Yasmine Kassari
Written by Yasmine Kassari
Starring Mounia Osfour
Rachida Brakni
Nermine Elhaggar
Fatna Abdessamie
Khamsa Abdessamie
Issa Abdessamie
Mimoun Abdessamie
Release date
Running time
95 minutes
Country Maroc
Language Berber
Moroccan Arabic

The Sleeping Child (in French, L'Enfant endormi) is a 2004 Belge-Moroccan movie written and directed by Yasmine Kassari. The film has obtained several prizes like Trophée du Premier Scénario, from CNC (Centre national de la cinématographie).


In Atlas Mountains, Zeinab (Mounia Osfour), realises she's pregnant when her husband migrates to Europe along with other men from the village. Her mother-in-law convinces her to sleep the foetus, in keeping with an old white magic tradition very spread in Maghribian rural world. According to Kassari, this plot-point serves as the "luminous point that sheds light on the situation of these women who have remained alone in the country, facing the absence of their men,"[1] which, as stated by Florence Martin, presents the viewer with "the womanly gaze on male emigration."[1]


  1. ^ a b Martin, Florence (2011). Screens and Veils: Maghrebi Women’s Cinema. Indiana University Press. 

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