Morocco produces about 15 major films a year King Mohammed VI has relaxed censorship Moroccan filmmakers can impose self-censorship Pirated DVDs: Many Moroccan theatres have closed (100 still open) New film school in Marrakesh
Released in 2000 A Moroccan crime drama that tells the story of four homeless boys in Casablanca Awarded the Bronze Horse 2000 Stockholm Film Festival and Winner of Montreal World Film Festival
Born in Paris, spent formative years in Sarcelles Trained in theatre Started film career as a scriptwriter Early film Mektoub (1997) was Moroccos Academy Award entry
Paints a realistic portrait of impoverished modern Casablanca Exposes the growing epidemic of orphaned children addicted to glue- sniffing Uses several real homeless boys in key roles
What scenic frames (mise-en-scene) convey the most powerful emotional landscapes of Casablanca? What social and psychological obstacles are presented as antagonistic forces in the films plot?