The Rif lover

A film by Narjiss Nejjar, 2012

Genre: Drama

Language: Arabic

Subtitles: French

Format: xxx

Sound: xxx

Duration: 91 min

Country: Morocco, Belgium, France

Year: 2012





Aya is twenty. She is beautiful, sometimes naive, often rebel. She dreams of love, widely sublimated and fantasized. She drags his indifference amid clouds of weed: her two brothers work for a major dealer of hashish nicknamed “The Baron”. Her life changes when his older brother throws her into the arms of The Baron, in exchange for a piece of land to cultivate his grass…



Director: Narjiss Nejjar

Cinematography: Maxime Alexandre
Music: Tal A. Haddad
Film Editing: Julien Foure
Art Direction: Aurore Benoît

Production Design: Laurie Colson


Cast: Mourade Zeguendi, Nadia Kounda, Ouidad Elma


Coproduced by Tarantula Belgique, Urban Factory (France) et Jbila Méditerrannée Production (Morocco)


Benelux Distribution : Tarantula Distribution

International Sales : Urban Distribution


Namur International Festival of French-Speaking Film, Competition 2011

Marrakech Film Festival: Opening 2011

Dubai Film Festival 2011

Palm Springs International Film Festival 2012

Festival National du Film marocain de Tanger 2012

Prix du meilleur scénario au 13ème Festival International du Film D'Aubagne 2012

Montréal World Film Festival: Special Jury Mention 2012

Festival du Film au Féminin de Charleroi 2012

Aubagne International Film Festival: Best script award 2012

Cinéfranco 2012

Minneapolis Saint-Paul International Film Festival 2012

Montréal Festival Vues D’Afrique 2012

Arabishes Film Festival Tublingen 2012

Flying Broom Women’s International Film Festival 2012



Born in 1971 in Tangiers, Morocco, Narjiss Nejjar is a director and a screenwriter living in Paris (France) since 1989 where she attends cinema studies before working as assistant director on several films. She signed her first documentary in 1994, “L’exigence de la dignité” and in 1996 “Khaddouj, mémoire de Targha”. In 1998, she co-produced a documentary series in Morocco, “Les Salines”. In 2000, she creates in Paris a production company “Southern Earth Films”. She also published a novel in 1999, “Cahiers d’empreintes”.


Narjiss Nejjar directs a trilogy of short films: “Le Septième Ciel” (2001), “Le Miroir du Fou” (2001) and “La Parabole” (“La Rive des muets”) in 2002. His first feature film “Les Yeux sec”(2003) was selected for the directors’ fortnight in Cannes, the FIFF, the Festival of Marrakech and received many honors, including the Golden Bayard for Best Screenplay. She signs in 2006 “Wake Up Morocco”, his second feature. After participating in the collective film “Terminus angels” in 2010, she signs “L’Amante du Rif” (2011), produced by the Belgian company Tarantula and selected in Official Competition at the 26th FIFF in Namur where she sponsors the Writing Workshop 2011 “De l’Écrit à l’Écran”.