The economic and social changes of the globalized world, as well as the financial crisis in Europe seem to create the conditions for a fundamental change in the relationship between « North » and « South ». This effects the traditional economic migrations to a point where it is reasonable to ask if we have reached the point of return.
This observational, character-driven documentary intends to shed some light on these questions by looking at the case of economic migrants from the Moroccan town of Khouribga who, a generation ago, chose Turin, the Northern Italian metropolis to become their second home.

I live in Turin and many times, over the years, I have heard of Khouribga, a town built on the largest phosphate mine in the world, but unknown to most people, considered a secondary city in Morocco.
When I decided to delve a little more into the question, I understand the strong link that binds this city to mine. In Turin there is the largest Moroccan community in Italy, and the majority of Moroccans living there, maybe 80%, comes from the same place, Khouribga. The reasons for this presence are to be found in a set of factors that characterized the Moroccan emigration since the 80s and massively in the 90s.
The story of Khouribga is a case in point in the history of migration between North Africa and Europe and, at the same time, possesses unique features and specifications. For this I think it can be a very effective theme, open to a universal perspective and, at the same time, a very original story about immigration and relations between Europe and the emerging countries.

Andrea Parena
Andrea Parena, Michel Noll, Francesca Frigo
Andrea Parena, Michel Noll, Francesca Frigo
Director of photography
Simone Rivoire, Francesca Frigo
Film Editor
Isabelle Collin
Original Music
Olivier Lafuma
Marco Montano, Olivier Lafuma
Cast and characters
Omar Kamel, Hassan Kamel
Production Director
Enrico Giovannone
Organizzatore generale
Francesca Frigo
Executive production
Andrea Parena, Francesca Duca
Andrea Parena, Michel Noll, Francesca Duca
BabyDoc Film (Torino) - ICTV (France) - Le moindre geste (Marocco)
con il sostegno della Film Commission Torino Piemonte e della Regione Piemonte (Piemonte Doc Film Fund - Fondo regionale per il documentario - sviluppo luglio 2016)
Francesca Frigo (BabyDoc Film)