Verida is due to marry in three months; the marriage has been arranged by her loving parents. According to a tradition still practiced in Mauritania that adheres to accepted standards of beauty, she has to gain weight to attain the kind of well-rounded, fuller figure that will appeal to her future husband. Three months before her marriage, her routine unfolds quietly and steadily as she sets about consuming no fewer than six meals per day and regularly weighing herself to assess her progress. An obedient daughter, she does not for one moment question the goal of twenty kilos her mother has set for her; nor does she put up much resistance to being woken up in the middle of the night to eat one more bowl of milk and another of couscous. But the process gets harder as it progresses and this puts an increasing strain on her, both physically and emotionally. Verida, who has in the meantime attracted the attentions of another man, begins to ask herself if this is what she really wants. Based on actual events, Michela Occhipinti’s feature debut is a meticulous and gentle observation of the polarising tensions that permeate the modern female experience in twenty-first century Mauritania.


Produced by

Vivo film with Rai Cinema

in association with Films Boutique

supported by Ministero dei Beni e delle Attività Culturali – Direzione Generale Cinema, with the support of Regione Lazio developed with the support of Creative Europe Programme – MEDIA of the European Union


Verida: Verida Beitta Ahmed Deiche

Amal: Amal Saab Bouh Oumar

Aichetou: Aichetou Abdallahi Najim

Sidi: Sidi Mohamed Chighaly


story and script: Michela Occhipinti and Simona Coppini

produced by: Marta Donzelli and Gregorio Paonessa

cinematography: Daria D’Antonio

editing: Cristiano Travaglioli

original music: Alex Braga


Technical data

Year: 2019

Running time: 94′

Country: Italy

Language: Hassaniya

Festivals and awards

Berlinale – Berlin International Film Festival 2019, Panorama

International Sales

Films Boutique

Italian Distribution

Lucky Red