How does one speak lovingly about feminist struggles with an enlightened patriarch? The filmmaker uses a very personal poetic formula to transform the homage to her beloved Egyptian father into a chronicle of the status of women in Egypt and Switzerland. She explores the effects of patriarchal tradition by mirroring the Orient and the Occident.
"In its form, my film appears to be a tribute to my father, but in fact I am honoring the courage of all women fighting for equal rights. By marrying an African man, my mother broke a taboo that was still very strong in Switzerland in the 1950s and 1960s. She paid for this transgression when my maternal grandfather, the Swiss patriarch of the story, conspired to have this undesirable husband deported, tearing apart my parents and my whole family. In Switzerland as in Egypt, a patriarch often has the authority to crush the fate of the women in his family. Using my own story, I show two sides – which are mirror images – of the patriarchal system.