Yasmine Benabdallah
Morocco
Filmmaker
Contributions:
Grantee
DOX Garage

Born and raised in Morocco, Yasmine lived in New York for four years studying film and mathematics at Columbia University. In 2016, she directed her first documentary short film: “The Travel Curiosity”, on her father’s love for travelling. She then moved to Paris to attend the Experimental Programme in Political Arts at Sciences Po (SPEAP).

After making her short “Observational” on images of surveillance, she directed “Ojalá: la vuelta al origen”, a feature documentary on the dance of the Palestinian diaspora of Santiago, Chile. As a complement to the film, she has developed “Its people, its sky, its scent”, a video installation on finding Chile in Palestine.

She is currently working on other projects: “Moussem Trans(e)”, a documentary feature on a Moroccan pilgrimage between religion, sorcery, and trans identities, and “Chebba”, a fiction short about a family and an evil eye-protective ritual. She is also one of the three artists that make up the MYST collective currently working on borders in contemporary conflicts.

Through her filmmaking and visual art practice, she has explored stories around memory, surveillance, identity, dance, heritage, diaspora, borders, archive, and rituals. The subtleties of language are also a big part of her work: she speaks Arabic, English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese.

Her films and installations were shown in France, Egypt, the US, and Palestine, in addition to residencies in Morocco, France, Palestine, and Tunisia.