French director, “Philippe Faucon”: http://www.istiqlal-films.com/ has been filming people he calls “the invisibles” for a long time; people who aren’t often seen on the silver screen, or who usually appear as bit parts.
His latest film Fatima, is a sensitive and powerful look at the life of an immigrant from North Africa.
The film is based on a true story.
Fatima works as a cleaner to pay school fees for her two daughters. The elder one is studying for an entrance exam to be a doctor, and the younger is a rebellious teenager who can’t accept her background or the fact that her mother can’t speak French.
Fatima writes a diary in Arabic, expressing her feelings, her humiliation, fears, and hopes. The diary became a book which inspired this film’s director, who sees Fatima as an invisible heroine.
Nothing is forced, nothing is imposed on the audience. The direction is quiet and delicate, making Fatima a moment of pure emotion.