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Mahassine El Hachadi’s previous works are quiet yet expressive. Their excellent photography and subtle visual narratives, in which not everything needs to be spelled out, is what makes them so persuasive. At BAR she embarks on her first long documentary film, which dedicates itself to a topic that is taboo in Moroccan society: homosexuality – and the violence that accompanies

Still from 'Apnée', 2010

Still from 'Apnée', 2010

Mahassine El Hachadi
Dates of residency:
 Sept 4 - Oct 30
Born: 1982
Lives and works: Marrakech, Morocco

2014 MA Film directing ESAV -Université Toulouse 2
2010 BA Film directing ESAV -Marrakech


Mahassine El Hachadi is a young Moroccan filmmaker, based and working in Marrakech, Morocco. 
In 2010, she received a bachelor’s degree in film from ÉSAV Marrakech. This degree, in addition to a Master’s in Directing she received from ÉSAV Toulouse in 2015, allowed her to write and direct several short fictions and documentaries.  
Recently she has been awarded a bursary to attend the London Film School as a sponsored researcher. She has also been selected as a Fellow in the 2017 American Film Showcase Documentry Workshop in Los Angeles, USA.
She has won many awards and participated in numerous prestigious international film festivals, including Clermont Ferrand, Namur, the Festival vue d’Afrique, the National Festival of Tanger, the Human Rights Film Festival in Barcelona. Her film Apnea was screened at the European Parliament in Brussels to represent women in the Moroccan film industry.