Halim and Mina run a traditional caftan store in one of Morocco’s oldest medinas. In order to keep up with the commands of the demanding customers, they hire Youssef. The talented apprentice shows an utmost dedication in learning the art of embroidery and tailoring from Halim. Slowly Mina realizes how much her husband is moved by the presence of the young man.
The Blue Caftan, developed by Halim, Mina and Youssef, showcases a tale of hidden desire in negotiation with social norms and recognition of craft amidst LGBTQ+ debates in the region. Back in the days, queerness was found in certain materials, especially textiles. Interweaving hidden texts requires the collaboration between queer, lower class subjects, and cis-women… just as is the case for this beautiful film and its miraculously touching end.
by Maryam Touzani
France, Morocco, Belgium, Denmark, 2022