Yossera Bouchtia (Morocco/USA)
2020 Storylines Lab in English
Yossera Bouchtia is a Moroccan-American drama and thriller screenwriter/director whose work is committed to challenging stereotypes, dispelling misconceptions, and shedding light on hidden truths while bridging the gap between the eastern and western worlds. Her past film work has explored the role of religion and culture in shaping feminine identity and has been featured in The Huffington Post, Jezebel, and Morocco World News. Most recently, she co-wrote and directed an Alfred P. Sloan funded short film on the life and work of astronomer Vera Rubin. Yossera received her M.F.A. in Film Directing from Columbia University in New York and earned both a B.S. in Psychology and a B.A. in Cinema from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). She currently lives in Virginia and is an Assistant Professor of Cinema at VCU School of the Arts.
Yasmine/Jasmine — Following the death of her mother, a depressed daughter starts to receive haunting visions of her doppelgänger in a dream-like parallel reality. She returns to her homeland Morocco to bury her mother, find her absent father, and retrieve a part of herself she never knew.