Yasmine Benkiran
Sat 22 Apr 23 - Sun 30 Apr 23

‘Queens’ is a feminist road movie about three women in a lorry, being chased by the police. This film is the Moroccan version of ‘Thelma and Louise’.

Zineb lives out her days behind bars. When she learns her daughter will be sent to a juvenile centre, she’s completely fed up. She escapes from prison, fetches her daughter and hijacks a lorry for their escape. One problem: driver Asma is coincidentally behind the wheel. Because of her unhappy marriage, this kidnapping feels like a liberation. The three women embark on an adventurous journey together.


The landscapes, the cars and the characters in ‘Queens’ – all are very colourful. This film tells the underlying story of a woman who needs to stand her ground in Moroccan society.

Yasmine Benkiran
Nisrin Erradi, Nisrine Benchara, Rayhan Guaran
83 min
France, Morocco
Dutch, French

Grafting achingly rock ‘n’ roll genre film features (evasion, vehicle theft, roadblocks, gunfire exchange, false leads, unexpected encounters, etc.) onto a story about the social and cultural obstacles to female freedom, the film advances along its path of adventure and fable at 100 miles per hour, flaunting the many lines it crosses in terms of disobedience and faith in the power of imagination.

Fabien Lemercier, Cineuropa