Yasmine Benkiran

Talents France, Morocco, Belgium, Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Qatar 83 min Spanish premiere Fiction


Casablanca, Morocco. A trio of women with the police on their tail embarks on a long escape that takes them across the rugged red terrain and flower-filled valleys of the Atlas to finally reach the Atlantic coast.

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Yasmine Benkiran

She grew up on the Moroccan Atlantic coast. She studied Philosophy and Communication Sciences in Paris and made her first experiences in Buenos Aires, San Francisco and London before entering French National Film School La Fémis in the Screenwriting workshop (l’Atelier Scénario). As a screenwriter, Yasmine writes for both television and cinema. She also wrote two books about Morocco and a historical series of podcasts about Alice Guy, the world’s first female director. In 2018, Yasmine directed her first short film, Winter Time (Tangier IFF, Off-courts Trouville). Queens is her first feature film as a director.

Filmography: Queens (2022, D'A 2023), Winter Time (short film, 2018)

Yasmine Benkiran

Film information

Int. title: Queens
Original Title: Malikates
Director: Yasmine Benkiran
Script: Yasmine Benkiran
Contact: Kinology
With: Nisrin Erradi, Nisrine Benchara, Rihana Guaran
Country: France, Morocco, Belgium, Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Qatar
Year: 2022
Format: DCP
Length: 83 min
Language: Darija
Subtitles: English, Catalan
Edition: 2023