‘Behind Closed Doors’ is a portrait of a farming family living in the most marginalized region of Morocco, the Rif mountains, where livelihood comes exclusively from growing cannabis. The film explores the inherent taboo weighing on them and their children who mirror the parent’s work with their games.

Jury statement

From the outset, this documentary demanded full attention. Set in a small rural community, the film instantaneously strikes you for its incongruity against the subject matter: a village cultivating a risky economy outside the law. With the stakes high for the film’s characters, we are drawn into this community’s search for stability in the day-to-day as they confront anxieties stemming from their shared livelihood. This film provokes the type of questions we all face about enduring for the sake of the future, while wondering how the next generation will survive in a continuously shifting landscape.