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Original name: Malikates
English name: Queens
Year: 2022
Run time: 85 Minutes
Language: Arabic
Type (Colour/ Black & white): Colour
Country: France, Belgium, Netherlands, Morocco
Director: Yasmine Benkiran
Producers: Amélie Jacquis, Jean des Forêts
Cast: Nisrin Erradi, Nisrine Benchara, Rayhan Guaran, Jalila Talemsi, Hamid Nider, Younes Chara, Abderrahim Tamimi, Salman Horma
Screenplay: Yasmine Benkiran
Cinematographer: Pierre Aïm
Editor: Florence Bresson, Stephan Couturier, Julie Lena
Sound Designer: Benoit De Clerck, Ranko Paukovic
Music Composer: Jozef van Wissem
Production Company: Petit Films
World Sales: Kinology


  • Venice FF 2022
  • Antalya Golden Orange FF 2022
  • Haifa FF 2022
  • Chicago IFF 2022
  • Hamburg FF 2022

Director’s Selected Filmography:

  • 2018 Winter Time (Short)

Director's Biography:

Yasmine Benkiran

Yasmine Benkiran grew up on the Moroccan Atlantic coast. She studied philosophy and communication sciences in Paris and made her first experiences in Buenos Aires, San Francisco and London before entering French national film school La Fémis in the screenwriting workshop. As a screenwriter, Yasmine writes for both television and cinema. She also wrote two books about Morocco and a historical series of podcasts about Alice Guy, the world's first female director. In 2018, Yasmine directed her first short film, Winter Time which went to Tangier IFF, Off-courts Trouville etc. Queens is her first feature film as a director.


Casablanca, Morocco. A trio of women, with the police on their tail, embarks on a long escape that takes them across the rugged red terrain and flower-filled valleys of the Atlas to finally reach the Atlantic coast.