The Mother of All Lies

96 mins.
Directed by Asmae El Moudir
Arabic with subtitles

Director Asmae El Moudir joins us via Zoom for a post-screening conversation.

This screening is free to Amherst Cinema Members.

On a handmade set recreating her Casablanca neighborhood, young Moroccan filmmaker Asmae El Moudir enlists family and friends to help solve the troubling mysteries of her childhood, including the history of the 1981 Bread Riots.

There, she starts to unravel the layers of deception and intentional forgetting that have shaped her life.

Winner of Best Director in Un Certain Regard and the Golden Eye Documentary Award at the 2023 Cannes Film Festival.

About the filmmaker: Asmae El Moudir is a Moroccan director, screenwriter and producer. She holds a master's degree in directing and a bachelor's degree in documentary from the University of Rabat and the National Film School of Morocco. She also studied cinema at LA FEMIS in Paris. Asmae has directed several award-winning short films. She completed her Al Jazeera television documentary, THE POSTCARD, in 2020. THE MOTHER OF ALL LIES is her first independent hybrid documentary. It premiered at the Cannes Film Festival 2023, where it won the Best Director award in the Un Certain Regard section, as well as the Golden Eye for Best Documentary. THE MOTHER OF ALL LIES was also selected in the International features section of the Oscars and screened at TIFF, Sundance, Karlovy Vary and numerous festivals around the world. Asmae has been nominated for both the PGA Award and the Film Independent Spirit Award for Best Film. More recently, she won the IDA Award for Best Director.

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit