Meryam Joobeur
Tunisia - France - Canada


Aicha, who has the gift of prophetic dreams, lives in an isolated village in the north of Tunisia with her husband, Brahim, and their youngest son, Adam. The family lives in anguish after the departure of their elder sons, Mehdi and Amine, to the violent embrace of war. Months later, Mehdi unexpectedly returns home with a mysterious and pregnant wife named Reem. Their arrival opens old wounds and a darkness that threatens to consume the entire village.

1st feature
Director of photography

Vincent Gonneville


Maxime Mathis, Meryam Joobeur, Basile Belkhiri

Music Composer

Peter Venne

Main Cast

Salha Nasraoui, Mohamed Grayaa, Malek Mechergui, Chaker Mechergui, Rayne Mechergui, Adam Bessa, Dea Liane


Instinct Bleu (Tunisia)
Sarra Ben Hassen


Tanit Films (France)
Nadim Cheikhrouha

Midi La Nuit (Canada)
Maria Gracia-Turgeon 

Annick Blanc

International Sales

Luxbox (France)
Fiorella Moretti

Director’s statement

Aicha and Brahim’s lives are completely changed after their elder sons depart to go to war. Having lived their lives solely for their children, the couple find themselves groundless ast they try to make sense of their new reality. Motherhood is a mediation on a universal question: ‘Who do our lives belong to?’


Meryam Joobeur
Meryam Joobeur

Meryam Joobeur is a Tunisian-Canadian filmmaker based in Montreal. Her short films Gods, Weeds and Revolutions (2013) and Born in the Maelstrom (2017) have been screened at dozens of national and international festivals. Her short Brotherhood (2018) won more than 75 international prizes, screened in more than 150 festivals, and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short. Joobeur is an alumna of the TIFF Filmmaker Lab, the Med Film Factory, the Rawi Screenwriters Lab, Berlinale Talents, and the Sundance Screenwriters Lab.

Sarra Ben Hassen
Sarra Ben Hassen

Instinct Bleu is a Tunisia-based film company founded in 2018 by producer Sarra Ben Hassen. The company aims to employ EAVE member Ben Hassen’s 20 years of experience in the Tunisian film industry to guide the new generation of Arab and African filmmakers. Instinct Bleu is currently developing two feature-length documentaries by Fatma Riahi and Nicolo Bellotto, in addition to the animated feature film Between Heaven and Earth by Nadia Raïs. Meryam Joobeur’s Motherhood (post-production) is Ben Hassen’s first live-action feature production.

Total budget

€1 400 000

Financing secured

€1 250 000

Partners attached

Ministry of Culture Tunisia, Sodec, Telefilm Canada, CNC, Eurimages, DFI, Sorfond, OIF, Sundance lab

Shooting period and locations

March—April 2022, Sejnane and Louka (Bizerte, Tunisia)

Expected delivery

May 2024

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