Her next project, Body, really sparked my interest. It tells the story of a young woman who enters a world of intrigue when she is hired as the bodyguard for a visiting Saudi princess. Body is drawn directly from her experience as a bodyguard. Back in 2003, she became the bodyguard of a Saudi princess on holiday in Geneva. She was only twenty-five years old and had taken the job to make some money over the summer. Halima told me, "The opportunity has since inspired me to make a film that offers a unique exploration into a closed and unseen world, where the ultra-privileged can escape reality, and as a result loose touch with humanity. I like to observe what makes us human today, and so I must look at concrete and extreme situations which society has constructed."
Halima just travelled back to Geneva where she is planning to shoot Body, in the Summer of 2014. She finds the city of Geneva very inspiring, a catalyst to finishing the script in the next 3 months.
Filming was no small feat. Halima shot on super-16 in the remote countryside of Morocco near Agadir casting local villagers, goats, and an owl to be the stars of the film. Of all the cast, only the owl was trained as an actor. Since its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (Canada Short Cuts), Mokhtar has traveled to a hundred international film festivals (Dubai, Rotterdam, Berlin, SXSW), and has won numerous awards for Best Short.