Dramedy| Morocco, France | 2017 | 95 min | French, Arabic (English or French subtitles)
Director: Jean-Philippe Gaud
With: Madi Belem, Ouidad Elma. Olivier Sitruk, Abbes Zahmani
Immigrants Story: Morocco
Growing up in the Moroccan village of Tazzeka, Elias learned the secrets of traditional Moroccan cuisine from his grandmother who raised him. Years later, meeting a top Paris chef and a young woman named Salma inspires him to leave home. In Paris, Elias faces unstable work and financial hardship as an undocumented immigrant. But he also finds friendship with Souleymane, who helps revive his passion for cooking.
Mannheim-Heidelberg International Film Festival - Audience award (Germany, 2018)
Prague International Film Festival (Czech Republic, 2019)
Africa Diaspora International Film Festival
(New York, 2019)
Montpellier International Mediterranean Film Festival (France, 2019)
Tazzeka has a lot to say about the passion that fuels people, the way society treats immigrants, and how those two elements interrelate.
– Film Threat
I enjoyed this film very much, it’s not a heavy drama, very light-hearted and inspiring about going after your dreams. The storyline is solid, the cast is amazing and the food is incredible, I wanted to taste every dish he made.
– Irish Film Critic
This generous tale, a true ode to cooking, is endearing with its resolutely optimistic outlook.
– aVoir-aLire.com (translated from French)