Mario Morin’s award-winning Sacred Hair shares a topical story crossing cultures and generations


Director Mario Morin’s Sacred Hair shares the story of a young boy’s innocent curiosity lifting him beyond the insidious confines of prejudice and showing how the essence of two diametrically opposed individuals are the same. This wonderful film took home the Best Live Action Oscar-qualifying award at the Cleveland International Film Festival, as well as many more high profile film awards around the world and has been selected for over twenty film festivals.

 A fortuitous life-changing encounter between a young sick boy and a Muslim woman in a Montreal park.

Sacred Hair is Canadian Director Mario Morin’s directorial debut, a film that he also penned. Having trained with among others, one of  Liam Neeson’s acting coaches Tom Todoroff, Morin has appeared in over 50 productions of TV, Film and Theatre. This talented actor has also worked behind the camera with household names including George Clooney on the set of Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Director Yves Simoneau on Free Money, and alongside Wajdi Mouawad, Director of Littoral, best known for writing the highly acclaimed film Incendies. Mario is currently writing and developing several new projects: his second short, a feature and a TV series.

The film’s young star Matt Hébert has been acting since the tender age of 7. As well as starring in the TV series L’Heure Bleue, he is currently on the list of Top 10 Child-Actors to watch in Quebec. Hébert’s co-star Najat Elwafy was born in Morocco and has appeared in over 50 films, television series and plays. Her first significant role came in Les Bandits winning her critical and commercial recognition. She was named the best actress in a leading role for Grande Villa, directed by Latif Lahlou.

Just some of the film’s wins include the Audience Award and the Jury Special Selection Award at Providence Children’s Film Festival and the Shibuya Diversity Award at Shorts Shorts Film Festival in Japan.

Sacred Hair – Teaser (Cheveux sacrés – Bande annonce) from mariooo on Vimeo.

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