Award-winning documentary about blind Moroccan family screens on Al Jazeera
7 October 2016
Into Darkness, winner of the Audience Award for Best Short Film at the Los Angeles Film Festival, screens on Al Jazeera English this Wednesday, 5 October 2016.
Set in Taroudant, Morocco, the documentary follows Mohammed, a young boy with very poor eyesight. Another 10 family members are suffering from the same hereditary condition, which ultimately leads to blindness. Mohammed has only one big dream - to keep seeing - but lives in fear of going completely blind.
His blind father has no choice but to beg for the money the family needs; his sighted mother is the family's linchpin; and the hope of the family is his aunt Naima, who is also blind but pursuing higher education in Marrakesh.
Into Darkness, which screened in competition at IDFA, is an intimate portrait of a deeply religious family who refuse to give up believing in a better future and are making the best of their lives using their scarce resources. It screens on Al Jazeera English this Wednesday, 5 October 2016 at 1830 SAST on Witness, Al Jazeera English’s inspiring documentary series that brings world issues into focus through compelling human stories. Stream the full documentary here