Samy Sidali / 2020 / France / Fiction / 19 min / Arabic with English subtitles
Jmar alchahwa جمر الشهوة: a piece of red coal. It’s a metaphor used to describe a feeling that warms up, gives pleasure but can hurt if you get too close.
On the beach of Mohammedia, a small coastal town in Morocco, Khaled sells horse rides to passers-by. He hangs out with his friends; they are in their twenties and fantasize about a sexuality that is forbidden to them. That day, Khaled meets someone and finds himself caught between the reality of his world and a burning desire that he can’t control.