The men are the bastards in this powerful story of a Moroccan woman’s attempt to gain recognition for her outcast daughter
Televisual it may be, but this account of a Moroccan woman’s struggle to gain legal recognition for her young daughter, conceived after quasi-legal marriage at the age of 14, is more gripping than much cinematic fare on offer this week. The title may seem at first glance to refer to the children whose abandonment by their fathers marks them as outcasts, but it soon becomes clear that it’s the men who are the bastards. As Rabha El Haimer battles to obtain legal redress against the man who beat and raped her as a child, it becomes clear that her harrowing story is but one of many. Powerful stuff.