A Door to the Sky

06/26/2017

Morocco / 1989 / Arabic & French

Directed by Farida Benlyazid

With Zakia Tahri, Chaabia Laadraoui, Eva Saint-Paul

Still from 'A Door to the Sky'If religion could be reduced to an essential dichotomy it might look thus: it is daily interactions and customs, and then it is also the mysticism behind them, those things really not meant to be tested against reality. Its two faces shore each other up, protect one another from irrelevance and too much scrutiny. If the necessary degree of mystery wasn’t there, belief might lose its background sense of consequence, of gravity. Practicality keeps spiritualism ensconced in daily life. A film that looks at Islam through the story of a French-Moroccan woman discovering her roots, A Door to the Sky¬†muses on religion’s utility, first cloven by cultural disconnect and then sutured by good intentions for humanity.

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