So What if Goats Die

Sofia Alaoui, France/Morocco, 2019

23 minutes, Berber with English subtitles

High in the Atlas Mountains, the young shepherd Abdellah and his father are hemmed in by snow at their goat pen. Their animals are wasting away. Abdellah must go to find supplies at a market village more than a day’s walk away. When he arrives with his mule, he finds the village abandoned due to a strange event that has wreaked havoc on the lives of all believers.


Sofia Alaoui, born in Casablanca, spent her childhood between Morocco and China. She directs short documentaries and fiction films on France 3, TV5 and OCS. Her latest documentary The Waves Or Nothing was a huge success in Morocco, and her latest fiction film So What If The Goats Die, shot in Morocco, won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance. Sofia aspires to a cinema that flirts with cinematographic genres. In parallel with the writing of her feature film, she is involved with the writing of a series produced by Barney Production.

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