The 5th string


Category Contemporary Moroccan Cinema
Director Selma Bargach
Producer Rachida Saadi
Screenplay Selma Bargach
Cinematography Yohann Charrin
Editor Marie Pierre Renaud
Music Trio Joubran, Oussama Moda
Set NA
Costume NA
Cast Ali Esmili, Hichem Rostom, Khouloud Betioui, Claire Helene Cahen, Mohamed Elkhalfi, Driss Alaoui Mdaghri, Abdellah
Production Company JanaProd
World Sales NA
Festival/Awards Award of the jury - African Film Festival of Khouribga, Morocco, 2011; Best Sound Award, Special Mention of the Jury - National Film Festival of Morocco, Tangier,2011; Special Mention of the Jury for Outstanding Feature Film - Arab Film Festival,2011

In 1999, in the old medina of Casablanca in Morocco, a young man Malek fascinated by the lute, decides to move in with his uncle Amir. To teach him the subtleties of the lute, Amir, the master of music, promises him to reveal him the secret of the fifth string and gives him the example of Ziryab, an exceptional musician. But very soon Amir realizes the talent of his nephew and can't bear it. During his education, Malek meets Laura, a young musician, who gives him the sufficient energy to pursue his dream

Selma Bargach
Born in Casablanca, Selma Bargach studied art and the experimental cinema in the Sorbonne. She carried out her first short films into super 8 and at the same time she took part in the creation of a resource centre and research on arts of the Maghreb. She obtained her doctorate on the subject of the "statute and the role of the woman in the Moroccan cinema". Back to Morocco, she is back first of all an assistant director with a large number of Moroccan and foreign directors. Later, she carried out short films of fiction. Her first full-length film "the 5th string" has been selected in several festivals in the world and obtained a lot of prizes. She was vice president of the URAM - Union of Moroccan film directors.

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