Shortly after his mother’s passing, playwright and stage director Mohamed El Khatib receives a phone call from his uncle in Bab Berred, the family’s village in the Moroccan Rif, instructing him to come as soon as possible to collect his inheritance – mysteriously insisting that he should make the trip in a Renault 12. Coaxed by his father, El Khatib decides to make the journey from Orléans to Tangier. Structured like a road movie, Renault 12 is also the filmmaker’s quest to discover his own origins, in which he both documents chance encounters and stages situations to bring social, political, and cultural landscapes to light.
Caustic, witty and charmingly disarming, El Khatib’s first foray into documentary cinema promises a long journey ahead.
Director: Mohamed El Khatib
Producer: Serge Lalou, Camille Laemlé, Elodie Dombre
Screenwriter: Mohamed El Khatib
Cinematographer: Frédéric Hocké
Editor: Amrita David
Sound: Fabrice Osinski, Antoine Bailly, Nicolas Joriot
Production Company : Les Films d’Ici Méditérranée, Waq Waq Studio, Dérives