Behind Closed Doors

High in the Rif mountains of Northern Morocco, in a beautiful village cloaked in mist, a portrait of a family. This family and their neighbours are not ordinary farmers. Only one plant grows in this brutal climate. In the shadow of the ambiguous illegality of the crop, people survive by growing marijuana. They are at the centre of where cannabis has been grown and sold in Morocco since the 1950s. Now this activity is illegal, but above all, it is taboo. This is also the story of the farmer’s children, who metaphorically represent this micro-society, mimicking the adult's work through their games. Parents work hard and fight for their children, but, inevitably, they are not providing them with a clear role model. Kids learn how to imitate the gestures of marijuana farming before they learn to speak their own mother tongue.


Written & directed by: Yakout Elhababi

Produced by: Karoline Henkel, Jasper Mielke, Arto Sebastian, Yakout Elhababi, Cyriac Auriol

Photographed by: Carina Neubohn




Genre: Documentary

Production: Wood Water Films

Co-Production: Les Films du Requin, Remora Films

Year of Production: 2017

Funding: FFA/CNC, Hot Docs Blue Ice, Doha Film Institute, IDFA Bertha Fund, 

Awards: Film Preis der Robert Bosch Stiftung

Stand: In Finanzierung