Virgin Diaries / Reise einer Jungfrau

It all began with a controversial kiss of the hand… Fatiha, a young Moroccan woman, is on the verge of marrying the man her grandfather chose for her. Her fiancé’s disturbingly extreme views, however, cause her to embark on a journey through Morocco in search of answers to her questions about virginity, sex and Islam. Inevitably, this defiant quest that Fatiha undertakes with her close friend (the filmmaker) produces few answers and lots of trouble. Things skid definitively out of control when Fatiha does the unthinkable and falls in love for the very first time. Fatiha’s random (or predestined?) encounter with a charming stranger suddenly pits duty against desire.



Country of Production
Belgium / Germany

Year of Production

HDCam, Digi Beta Pal

56 min

Jessica Woodworth

The Ice House in co-production with filmproduktion, Lemming Film, Inti Films, ZDF, Humanistische Omroep, RTBF, Lichtpunt, YLE TV1, in association with ARTE

Original Language
Arabic, English

English, French

Festivals / Awards

IDFA 2002 (First Appearance competition, nomination for FIPRESCI Award)
Viewpoint DFF Ghent 2003
Infinity Festival Alba 2003
Brooklyn IFF 2003
IDFA Flies T(r)opics Suriname 2004