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by Farida Benlyazid


Juanita, the daughter of an English father from Gibraltar and an Andalusian mother, recounts with humour her sorrows and desires as well as the life of the women around her: her sister Helena, educated at the Lycée and searching for her freedom; Esther, her close Sephardic friend, who devotes her life to an impossible love affair with a Moroccan man; and Hamruch, the loyal Moroccan maid. The backdrop to these lives: the Spanish Civil War with the entry of the Jalifeñas troops in Tangiers and the Second World War with the arrival of refugees from Europe. Juanita – one of the last witnesses of the "paradise" that was international Tangiers where different cultures and religions coexisted, at the same time as being the last vestige of colonialism – ends up alone in the city that, after Moroccan independence in 1956, starts to return to its Arab roots.

original title: La vida perra de Juanita Narboni
country: Spain, Morocco
year: 2005
genre: fiction
directed by: Farida Benlyazid
film run: 101'
release date: ES 19/05/2006
screenplay: Gerardo Bellod, Mariola _Fuentes | Nabila _Baraka | Francisco _Algora | Victoria _Mora | Rosario _Pardo | Amal _El Atrache
cast: José Luis _Alcaine
film editing: Pablo G. Plant
music: Jorge Arriagada
production: ZAP Producciones, Tingitania Films (MK)
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