School of Hope

School of Hope

“What does hope mean?” asks the film from, Mohamed El Aboudi, author and director, born and raised in Morocco. This feature follows a traditional nomadic group – the Oulad Boukais Tribe – as they balance education and familial duties while attempting to survive the slow existential crisis of climate change and agricultural overexploitation that surrounds them in the high plateau of Atlas in Morocco. 

As forces slowly draw tribal members away to lives of hardship in the regions cities – those who remain have invested their homeland, planning for the future, building a school and fighting for the rights of their children to learn. The community is faced with the challenges of working and living on the land, capturing traditional knowledge and the sedentary elements of their new infrastructure and new hopes. 

“A portrait of optimism in the harshest of environments with Morocco’s nomadic Oulad Boukais Tribe.” Bianca-Olivia Nita, Modern Times Review

“Although director Mohamed El Aboudi’s documentary is subtitled, they are almost not needed. The camera captures more than words ever could when trying to relate what life is like in this particular region of the Middle East.” Chris Salce, Film Threat

Awards and Nominations

DocPoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival 2021, YLE Award – Special Mention, Best Finnish Documentary, Winner and YLE Award, Best Finnish Documentary, Nominee
Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival 2021, Audience Award International Spectrum, Winner and Special Jury Prize International Documentary, Winner and Best International Documentary for Best Documentary, Nominee
Dokfest Munchen 2021, DOK.fest Award of SOS-Kinderdörfer weltweit, Winner
Dokufest International Documentary and Short Film Festival 2021, Human Rights Award, Human Rights Dox, Nominee
Tampere Film Festival 2021, Special Prize, Finnish Short Film Over 30 Minutes, Winner
Nordisk Panorama 2021, Nordic Documentary Film Award for Best Nordic Documentary


Mohamed El Aboudi


(English subtitles)

Film Details

2021, 78 min
Finland, France, Morocco, USA

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