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My Aunts From Ghent| 1hr : 24mins
Director: Sofie Hanegreefs&Jelle Janssens | Producer: Jelle Janssens
Focus Years: 2012 | Country: Belgium
Subject Tags: africa, belgium, culture, europe, migration, morocco, relationships
Quality Tags: Optimistic, Slow, Activating, Harmonizing
"My Aunts From Ghent" is a documentary about three adventurous Moroccan sisters who migrated in the seventies and were among the first young women to search for a better life in Belgium. The sisters migrated to work as nannies for wealthy Flemish families. Jemâa is the oldest, and faithfully served her Flemish family for years until it came to a painful break-up. She is nearly blind but still has an inexhaustible vitality. Saâdia is the youngest and the most rebellious one. She is very direct but has a big heart. For years, she’s been married to a Flemish man. The life of Fatima is more traditional. She longs the most for her Morocco from the old days. When the sisters travel to the Moroccan village where they were born, it becomes very clear that they don’t feel at home anymore. In Belgium, they stay as immigrants and for Morocco they have become too westernized. But "My Aunts from Ghent" is not a sad movie. The sisters have a lot of humor and stay, despite their difficulties, optimistic women, who each in their own way tries to make the best in life, despite their background or culture.

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