For Malika, her hometown Tangier can only offer a dull life, one that she hopes to escape with her music. She sees her opportunity when a producer expresses interest in her band—all Malika has to do is pay for the recording studio. With no job and her family facing financial crisis, Malika sees her ticket slipping away until she meets a wealthy hashish distributor that can help, and a drug run across the Moroccan border becomes her only chance. Energetic with fiery confidence, Sean Gullette’s debut feature shows the desperate measures we take to follow our dreams and break free from the confines of our environment.
Traitors is screening as part of a special cultural partnership with Venice Days where a European film showcased at Venice Days is selected by organizers there to have its international premiere at Tribeca. In 2013, Venice Days premiered Lenny Cooke.
Length: 82 minutes
Language: Arabic, English
Premiere: North American
Director: Sean Gullette
Screenwriter: Sean Gullette
Producer: Karim Debbagh, Sean Gullette, Audrey Rosenberg
Editor: Sabine Hoffman
Cinematographer: Benoit Peverelli, Niko Tavernise
Executive Producer: Sharjah Art Foundation
Composer: Nathan Larson
Sound Re-recording: Jacob Ribicoff
Sound Design: Jacob Ribicoff
Cast: Chaimae Ben Acha, Soufia Issami, Nadia Niazi, Driss Roukhe, Mourade Zeguendi
Sean Gullette is a writer, actor, and filmmaker. He played the lead role, and shared story credit, in Darren Aronofsky’s debut feature, Pi. He has since acted in two dozen films, including Requiem for a Dream and Happy Accidents. Gullette’s screenplays for independent and studio productions include the adaptation of Nobel Prize-winning Japanese author, Kenzaburo Oe’s novel, Nip the Buds, Shoot the Kids.