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SFFILM Festival


Directed by Sofia Alaoui

France | 90

20 Apr
Thu, Apr 20 at 8:30 pm PT
23 Apr
Sun, Apr 23 at 8:00 pm


In this wide-ranging debut, mysterious green apparitions above a remote Moroccan lake bring chaos to the world around pregnant Itto. Married into a wealthy family, she feels like an interloper in her in-laws’ grand house but she is alone when the strange celestial event occurs. As army trucks rush in, Itto–determined to save her unborn child—embarks on a dangerous journey to reunite with her husband. Animalia encompasses multiple genres, including road-trip and sci-fi movies, while also diving deeply into themes of faith and class, hitting all its notes with perfect pitch. As Itto, Oumaïma Barid expertly reveals the character’s resolve to digest the enigmas she encounters without letting them deter her from her path.

Director Sofia Alaoui

French-Moroccan filmmaker makes her feature debut with Animalia, which won a special jury award for creative vision at the Sundance Film Festival. Her short films include Children of Nablus (2015), Ghost Mode (2018), and So What If the Goats Die (2020), winner of a César Award for Best Short Film.


Film Details

Language French, Arabic, Berber

Original Language Title Parmi Nous

Year 2023

Premiere California

Runtime 90

Country France, Morocco, Qatar

Director Sofia Alaoui

Executive Producer Margaux Lorier, Toufik Ayadi, Christophe Barral

Producer Margaux Lorier, Toufik Ayadi, Christophe Barra

Writer Sofia Alaoui

Editor Héloïse Pelloquet

Cinematographer Noé Bach

Music Amine Bouhafa

Cast Oumaïma Barid, Mehdi Dehbi, Fouad Oughaou

Closed Captions Closed Captions are not currently confirmed and will be updated soon.

Audio Description Audio Descriptions are not currently confirmed and will be updated soon.

American Sign Language (ASL) Interpretation American Sign Language Interpretation is not currently confirmed and will be updated. For any questions about accessibility at SFFILM Events, please email ADA@SFFilm.org.