What else grows on the palm of your hand |

by Dhiaa Biya

Morocco, 2024, 16 min

Cast | Najia Sabir, Alaa Assab, Zineb Abbad AI Andaloussi

Cinematography | Pepin Struye
Editor | Vince De Leenheer
Creative director | Hind Moumou
Producer | Walid Bekhti Ammour
Production Director | Kenza Alioua
Decor | Mehdi El Attafi
Assistant decor | Reda Aflirah
Costumes and hair | Rihab Mzirda
Gaffer | Mourad Reggab
Best Boy | Mohamed Arfaoui
Sound engineer | Said Es-Saada
Boom operator | Mohammed Bouziane
Location Manager | Salma Ouamar
Runner | Rokaia Hamid
Catering | Mabroiik events
Drivers | Abdelhak El Bouzidi, Rcdouanc Laknine
Sound design | Ismael Iken
Photography | Mehdi Ait El Mallali
Graphic Designer | Zaynab Kriouech
Color grader | Louis Muller Diettart

In the midst of repetition and apparent numbness, Hayat lives a normal life. The gestures of her hand are constantly linked to the past, where her grandmother’s image resides. As she makes food or waits silently, her hands speak for her and connect past and present. The memories of her beloved grandmother come back time and time again. There is an ongoing dialogue between the two women, the two sets of hands, the two simply beautiful routines.
In the film we see Hayat between the now and the then. As a child next to her grandmother and as an adult who floats over the memories. The hands of the women in the film are generous, compassionate and kind. They are characters in themselves: teaching and learning, playing and waiting. The preserved routine and the simplicity of daily acts reunites Hayat with her grandmother. They are together despite the passing of time.