El Maghreb #2, 2004
Chapter 2 : Ramadans
In 2004, Malik Nejmi returned to Morocco two years after the death of his grandmother Aïcha, with the idea of a kind of family survey as a counterpoint to his father’s silence. He talks with Moroccans about their vision of the West, goes in search of a culture of which he ignores the codes of daily life. At the same time, he seeks, as a ritual, to feel a man’s refusal to return to his own country.
On his return from this second trip, which seems like a genealogical investigation and an initiatory journey, Malik Nejmi confronts his father with his photographs.
“I understood” is for him a proof of love and the assurance that the images will bring his father back to the country.