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Interview: Halima Ouardiri - The Camel Driving School


Interview: Halima Ouardiri – The Camel Driving School (Work in Progress)

Interview: Halima Ouardiri – The Camel Driving School (Work in Progress)

Cutting her teeth on the short form for just over a decade with award-winning trio of films which have premiered at Rotterdam, the Berlinale and mostly recently the 2023 edition of TIFF with Les Patins, Swiss-Moroccan filmmaker Halima Ouardiri moves towards her feature length cinema with The Camel Driving School – a much buzzed about project that landed the 2nd prize for projects in development at the 2023 Marrakech International Film Festival’s Atlas Workshop.

Earmarked for a production start date later this year, this tells the story of a Moroccan housewife who takes up a job in a pastry shop to support herself and her son following her husband’s death. There, she meets a group of independent women who are involved in the Camel Driving School, a club which prepares for amateur rallies in the desert and begins living a double life. Written by Ouardiri and Emma Benestan (who just completed shooting on Animale), I had the chance to sit down with Halima Ouardiri to discuss what we can expect to find with her feature debut.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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