French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) World Nomads Morocco Festival

World Nomads Morocco Festival, April 30–May 31

Under the High Patronage of His Majesty King Mohammed VI

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Moroccan Cinéma
May 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31, 2011
FIAF, Florence Gould Hall

Presented in partnership with ArteEast

Screenings
May 3: Casa Negra, 12:30, 4 & 7:30pm
May 10: A Thousand Months, 12:30, 4 & 9pm
May 10: View of the Main Square and the Small Square; You Are All Captains, 7pm
May 17: Mokhtar; I Loved You So Much, 12:30 & 7pm
May 17: The Dog's Life of Juanita Narboni, 4pm
May 24: These Hands, 12:30 & 7:30pm
May 24: H'rash; Mektoub, 4pm
May 31: Short Life; Do You Remember Adil?, 12:30 & 7:30pm
May 31: The Man Who Sold the World, 4pm

Building on the stellar accomplishments of veteran directors of past decades, a new generation of filmmakers has emerged in the past ten years, offering a fresh and bold cinematic voice, engaged with the complexities of present-day Morocco. This series highlights contemporary issues that pervade artistic production in Morocco: the legacy of the years of political repression, undocumented workers' migration to Europe, Casablanca as an urban metropolis, and Morocco's increasing commitment to cultural diversity.


Casa Negra
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
12:30, 4 & 7:30pm

FIAF, Florence Gould Hall

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Casa Negra
Nour Eddine Lakhmari. 131 min . 2008. Color.
With Anas El Baz, Omar Lotfi, Mohamed Benbrahim
In Arabic with English subtitles

Nour Eddine Lakhmari's highly controversial film follows two small-time crooks that, like many, suffer from feelings of displacement as they try to adapt to an increasingly cosmopolitan and capitalist Morocco. Casa Negra offers up a realistic, raw, and at times comedic portrayal of the life of young unemployed Moroccans living on the margins of society, and tackles a variety of social issues never openly discussed as being part of a Moroccan reality; from alcoholism and drug use, to domestic violence and social exploitation. The film's premise clearly struck a cord with Moroccan audiences, who helped turn it into a box office hit. It was also selected as the country's official entry to the 2010 Oscars.

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A Thousand Months
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
12:30, 4 & 9pm

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A Thousand Months
Faouzi Bensaidi. 124 min. 2003. Color.
With Fouad Labied, Nezha Rahile, Mohamed Majd
In Arabic with English subtitles.

Set in 1981 during the holy month of Ramadan, A Thousand Months explores generation tensions in an ordinary Moroccan village. With her seven-year-old son, Mehdi, Amina moves in with her father-in-law; Mehdi's father is in prison but the boy believes that he has gone to work in France. The men begin to express dismay at the flouting of traditional Arabic dress code by the women, while Amina becomes increasingly frustrated by her obsessively religious father-in-law. At school, Mehdi has the privileged task of looking after the teacher's chair. His relationship with the village, his friends and the world revolves around this object. A Thousand Months is Bensaidi's notable first feature film, and is filled with genuine characters, cultural anxiety, and bright moments of slapstick comedy. The film was screened as part of the "Un Certain Regard" section in the 2003 Cannes Film Festival.

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You Are All Captains

Double Screening
View of the Main Square
and the Small Square
& You Are All Captains

Tuesday, May 10, 2011
7pm

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View of the Main Square and the Small Square
Gabriel Veyre. 7 min. 1935. Color.
In French with English subtitles

Trained by the Lumière Brothers, filmmaker Gabriel Veyre became the Sultan of Morocco's photographer and cinematographer. In 1935 he traveled the country to build an archive of Moroccan life, resulting in this striking film.

You Are All Captains
Oliver Laxe. 80 min. 2003. Color.
With France Aline, Hicham Amidallah, Mohamed Bablouh
In Arabic, Spanish & French with English subtitles

This experimental film depicts a European director making a film with children from a community center in Tangier. His unconventional methods cause his relationships with the children to degenerate, and the project evolves in unexpected ways.

View of the Main Square and the Small Square and You Are All Captains are part of the series, Tangerine Tales: Films and Videos from the Cinémathèque de Tanger's Archive, a program curated by Bouchra Khalili.

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Mokhtar


I Loved You So Much

Double Screening
Mokhtar
& I Loved You So Much

Tuesday, May 17, 2011
12:30 & 7pm

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Mokhtar
Halima Ouardiri. 16 min. 2010. Color.
With Omar Belarbi, Abdellah Ichiki, S'fia Moussa
In Tachelhit with English subtitles

Written by Halima Ouardiri, and based on a true story, Mokhtar is a lyrical tale of a young goat herder living with his family in a remote Berber village in Morocco—the boy, Mokhtar, finds an injured baby owl in a tree trunk and, ignoring the local superstition that owls are bad omens, he decides to take the injured animal. With this action, Mokhtar's new pet personifies the young boy's rebellion against his family and symbolizes his fledgling independence. Kinship, religion and spirituality are the guiding themes of this film that champions inner strength and the human spirit.

I Loved You So Much
Dalila Ennadre. 52 min. 2008. Color.
In Arabic with English subtitles

Fadma is a 75-year-old, cheerful and roguish Moroccan woman who had fought all her life for her independence. At the age of 20, Fadma worked as a prostitute for the French army fighting in Indochina. Today, Fadma is asking France to recognize her as a veteran, saying that she had also, in her own way, participated in the Indochina war alongside many Moroccan men serving in the French military. I Loved You So Much won the Best Documentary Film Award at the African Cinema Festival in Tarifa, and reveals how the French colonial army used sexuality as a weapon of colonialism.

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The Dog's Life of Juanita Narboni
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
4pm

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The Dog's Life of Juanita Narboni
Farida Belyazid. 101 min. 2006. Color.
With Mariola Fuentes, Lou Doillon, Nadia Alami, Francisco Algora
In Arabic, French, Spanish & English with English subtitles

Juanita is daughter to an English father and an Andalousian mother. Juanita tells us with great humor of her sorrows and desires; she is overcritical and finds difficulties in coming to terms with the political, social, and economic realities of the time. Her sister Helena is obsessed with the idea of "freedom", and her Jewish-Moroccan friend Esther is burdened by an impossible love story with a young Muslim man. The film is set in Tangier against the backdrop of the Spanish Civil War, the entry of Jalifeña (Spanish-Moroccan) troops into Tangier, and the arrival of World War II refugees from Europe. Farida Belyazid positions Juanita as the last witness to the paradise that was international Tangier, where cultures and religions lived side by side, before returning to its Arabic origins after the Moroccan independence. Belyazid's The Dog's Life of Juanita Narboni is one that is critical of a less than perfect present yet nostalgic to a less than perfect past.

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These Hands

These Hands
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
12:30 & 7:30pm

FIAF, Florence Gould Hall (12:30pm)
FIAF, Tinker Auditorium (7:30pm)

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These Hands
Hakim Belabbes. 120 min. 2008. Color.
In Arabic with English subtitles

Hakim Belabbes's documentary charts the efforts of a Moroccan university professor, who teams up with a videographer friend to document a microcosm of Moroccan society in their small town. Globalization is on the march, but in this enlightening film, Belabbes discovers that age-old traditions and customs are still an integral part of Moroccan life. With beautiful photography and a poetic soundtrack, this insightful film brings the soul of modern Morocco to life.

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H'rash

Double Screening
H'rash
& Mektoub

Tuesday, May 24, 2011
4pm

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H'rash
Ismael El Maouala Al Iraki. 25 min. 2008. Color.
With Saïd Bey, Abderrahmane Oubihem, Mourad Zaoui, Saïd El Arabi
In Arabic with English Subtitles

Subtly commenting on ethnic and class lines criss-crossing through Moroccan Society, H'rash is an urban tale about Lwiyen, an expert conman, and his childhood friend, Assad, is a nihilist drunk. Will Assad avenge the death of a woman he never met, or, will he use it to blackmail a corrupt cop to settle the debt of his friend?

Mektoub
Nabil Ayouch. 91 min. 1998. Color.
With Rachid El Ouali, Faouzi Bensaïdi, Amal Chabli
In Arabic with English subtitles

After training in the U.S., ophthalmologist Taoufik returns to Casablanca to launch a practice with his wife Sophia. At a luxury Tangier hotel, he is drugged while Sophia is abducted, raped, and left in the street. Carrying his brother's gun, Taoufik gets a hotel staffer to lead him to the kidnappers. Nabil Ayouch's debut film is a courageous police thriller cum-road movie, based on a press scandal widely discussed in Morocco. The central theme is the relationship between the young doctor and his wife, a relationship that needs to be reinvented after the violent events. The film was a historical box office hit in Morocco, and the country's official entry to the Academy Awards.


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Do You Remember Adil

Double Screening
Short Life
& Do You Remember Adil?

Tuesday, May 31, 2011
12:30 & 7:30pm

FIAF, Florence Gould Hall

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Short Life
Adil El Fadili. 15 min. 2010. Color.
With Aziz Hattab, Malika Hammaoui, Aziz El Fadlli,
Ismaïl Abouelkanater, Fatima-Ezzahra Bennasser,
Mohammed Choubi
In Arabic, Spanish & English with English subtitles

A sweet and charming film that follows the amazing life of a young man, Zhar, whose mother dies after giving birth to him. Born under a bad sign, perhaps, Zhar nevertheless grows into a sincere and brave hearted young man in this eloquent, witty and subtly profound film.

Do You Remember Adil?
Mohamed Zineddaine. 85 min. 2008. Color.
With Salma Agoumi, Mohamed Ayad, Mamoun Belaaroussi
In Arabic & Italian with English subtitles

Adil and Rashid have known each other since childhood. Adil struggles to find himself in Morocco; all his dreams lie on the other side of the Mediterranean. After deciding to follow his desire for a better life, Adil joins his brother in Bologna. There, he leads two lives: in the light of day he cares for his disabled older brother; at night, he works as a trafficker. Adil finds himself living a life no better than the one he left behind, and decides to hit the road yet again. Rachid, a more reasonable and simple man, remains in Casablanca, making a living through his Pirated DVD stand. Mohamed Zineddaine sheds light on the reality of Morocco's youth, many of who look to Europe to escape unemployment and poverty, only to realize that it's in fact far from the heaven they had hoped for.


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The Man Who Sold the World

The Man Who Sold the World
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
4pm

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The Man Who Sold the World
Swel and Imad Noury. 108 min. 2009. Color
With Said Bey, Fahd Benchamsi, Audrey Marnay
In Arabic & French with English subtitles

Sometime in the near future, the world is at war. Thirty-something X works as a clerk at the Ministry of War. He shares an apartment with Ney. The two men have an intense relationship – as close brothers, even seemingly romantic. Their private universe is upset when X falls in love with a beautiful young woman, Lili. Ney accepts this abrupt change and when he meets her, he falls in love with her, too. A love triangle quickly begins with the flirty cabaret performer. But X is unable to deal with his own happiness and he descends into madness. Although inspired by "A Weak Heart" by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Man Who Sold the World is nonetheless wonderfully original, mainly due to an exceptional modernist plot, Samuel Beckett reminiscent art direction, and mesmerizing cinematography.


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Curated by Livia Alexander

Presented in partnership with ArteEast

View of the Main Square and the Small Square (May 10) and You Are All Captains (May 10) are part of the series, Tangerine Tales: Films and Videos from the Cinémathèque de Tanger's Archive, a program curated by Bouchra Khalili.

Special thanks to the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

ArteEast and FIAF's cinéma programs are made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, celebrating 50 years of building strong, creative communities in New York State's 62 counties, and the Department of Cultural Affairs of the City of New York.

The World Nomads Morocco festival is made possible with the generous support of numerous partners, co-presenters, and sponsors. View full list here.

Brochure (pdf)
World Nomads Morocco Festival Brochure (pdf)
 

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