Virgin Diaries

Documentary / Germany – Belgium / 2002 / 52’

  • Author:Jessica Woodworth
  • Director:Jessica Woodworth
  • DOP:Jessica Woodworth
  • Editor:Jessica Woodworth, Octavio Iturbe, Nico Leunen
  • World Sales:Deckert Distribution
  • Festivals:IDFA 2002 (Nomination for FIPRESCI Award), Brooklyn IFF 2003, Viewpoint IDF Ghent 2003

Fatiha, a young Moroccan woman, is on the verge of marrying the man her grandfather chose for her. Her fiancé’s disturbingly extreme views, however, cause her to embark on a journey through Morocco in search of answers to her questions about virginity, sex and Islam. Inevitably, this defiant quest that Fatiha undertakes with her close friend – the filmmaker Jessica Woodworth – produces few answers and lots of trouble. Fatiha’s random encounter with a charming stranger suddenly pits duty against desire.

In co-production with The Ice House (BE) and ZDF in association with arte, Humanistische Omroep (NL), RTBF (BE), ITVS (US), Lichtpunt (BE) and YLE (FI).