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The Place and the People. What we know of foreign cultures is almost entirely communicated through the medium of popular cinema. Roger Ebert.

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1 The Place and the People

2 What we know of foreign cultures is almost entirely communicated through the medium of popular cinema. Roger Ebert

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10 The Landscape The Weather The Support of the Moroccan Government Proximity to Western Countries Budget-Friendly Filming Considerations

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12 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

13 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

14 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

15 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

16 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?


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