On the starting line

On the starting line

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Documentary, 63′, 2018

Director : Aldemar Matias

Synopsis :
Jenniffer is a young sportswoman questioning her career as a national athlete in Cuba. Her mother, Marbelis, is the tough boss of a public fumigation center in downtown Havana. As her brother is getting ready to leave the country, Jenniffer struggles to find her place.

This intimate family chronicle, seen from the perspective of two women, unfolds the portrait of a generation unsure of what’s next in Cuba.

Shooting : April 2018, La Havana

Main credits :
Script : Aldemar Matias & David Hurst
Editing : Jeanne Oberson
Sound design: Romain Ozanne
Color grading : Lucie Bruneteau
Producer : David Hurst

With the support of CNC (FSA), Région Nouvelle-Aquitaine, TV7 Bordeaux, Procirep-Angoa.

International sales : FiGa Films

Festivals 2019 :
Berlinale 2019 – Panorama
It’s All True (Germany)
Festival International de Cinéma de Montevideo (Uruguay).
Festival du Film Latino-américain de Vancouver (Canada)
Festival Internacional de Cine de Santander (Colombia)
AFI Latin American Film Festival, Washington (USA)
Festival Biarritz Amérique latine (France)
BIFF (Colombia)
FIFAC, Saint Laurent du Maroni (Guyane)
Women’s world Festival, Frankfurt (Germany)
Escales Documentaires, La Rochelle (France)
Filmar en America Latina, Genève (Switzerland)
Rio de Janeiro Festival (Brazil)

Festivals 2020 :

MIRADASDOC 2020 Tenerife (Spain)
Regards sur le cinéma d’Amérique Latine, Marennes (France)
Quinzaine du cinéma espagnol et latino, Chambéry (France)
Rencontres Cinémas Martinique, Fort-de-france (Martinique)

The film will be released in several movies theaters in France in March/April 2020. 

Press kit here.


My favorite fabric

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Feature Film, fiction, 95′, 2018

Production : Gloria Films and Dublin Films

Coproduction : Katuh Studio (Allemagne), Liman Film (Turquie), Les Films de la Capitaine (France)

ZDF/Das kleine Fernsehspiel
in collaboration with ARTE

Director: Gaya Jiji


Damascus, Spring 2011. The begining of the revolution. Nahla is a 25 year-old woman torn between her desire for freedom and the hope of leaving the country thanks to her arranged marriage with Samir, a Syrian expatriate in the USA. When he chooses her younger, more docile sister Myriam, Nahla gets closer to her new neighbour, the mysterious Ms Jiji.

Shoot: June – July 2017 in Istanbul

Casting: Manal Issa, Ula Tabari, Souraya Baghdadi, Mariah Tannoury, Nathalie Issa, Saad Lostan, Wissam Fares,  Amani Ibrahim,  Metin Akdülger

Film crew: 
Written by Gaya Jiji with the collaboration of Eiji Yamazaki
Original music : Peer Kleinschmidt
Image : Antoine Héberlé
Sound : Murat Şenürkmez
Set design: Nadide Argun
Costumes : Tuba Ataç
Editing : Jeanne Oberson
Mixing : Jocelyn Robert

Director of production : Diane Thin and Aslı Erdem
First assitant director : Burcu Bilgiç
Scripte : Sandrine Cayron

With the support of

Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée
Institut Français
Filmförderungsanstalt / German Federal Film Board
Région Nouvelle Aquitaine / ALCA


Women in Motion – Kering
Atelier Cinéfondation
Dubai Film Connection – DIFF 2015
Bourse de développement de scénario du Festival  d’Amiens
Meeting on the bridge – Istanbul Film Festival
Fabrique Cinéma de l’Institut français 2014
Lab Méditalents 2

French distributor : Sophie Dulac

International Sales : UDI

Festivals :

Cannes 2018 – Un Certain Regard
Festival International du Film de La Rochelle 2018
Athens International Film festival 2018 – Women & Equality Section
Film Fest Gent 2018 – ExploreZone Competition
Arab Film Festival de San Francisco et Los Angeles 2018 – International compétition feature-lenght
Braunschweig International Film Festival 2018 –  Goldenen Vier Linden prize
Mostra de Valencia 2018 – Informative Section
São Paulo International Film Festival 2018 – New Filmmakers Competition
Göteborg Film Festival 2019 – New Voices

Life of Marzouk

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Documentary, 52′, 2017

Executive Production: Ladoc (Italia)
Coproduction: Ernesto Pagano

Director: Ernesto Pagano

A Tunisian musician, his Italian wife, and their marriage crisis. A trip to his bilad, his home town, for the first time with his children instinctively in search of his homeland and of his identity. “Life of Marzouk” is an intimate portrait of an attempt at integration which finds in love its only possible solution.

Shoot: October 2016 – January 2017

With the support of Regione Campania, France 3 Corse ViaStella, Rai Cinema, Al Jazeera Documentary Channel.

Developed within the Eurodoc Program 2016


Festival del Cinema Africano Asia e America Latina de Milan