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Moroccan movies

Top of my list for Moroccan movies is  W.W.W (What a Wonderful World) by Faouzi Bensaidi. The cinemotography was outstanding as it captured the starkness of life within urban Casablanca.

Other movies worth mentioning are:

1. Marock, by Laïla Marrakchi: This movie turned a lot of heads when it was released in 2005 as it was about a Casaoui high school senior falling in love with her Jewish classmate. Glittery and at times glam, at first Marock felt like a modern-day romcom. On second glance, I realized how sutbly the film called into question complicated issues such as class and religion. These two themes underlie many identity tensions felt within urban upperclass circles.

2. Indigenes, by Rachid Bouchareb: Featuring Moroccan comedian Jamel Debouzze in an uncharacteristically serious role, this film is about a contingent of Moroccan and Algerian men who enlist in the French army during WWII to fight the Nazi forces. Despite their back-breaking work and valiant war efforts, these North Africans quickly realize that they must also fight discrimination much closer to home, among their own ranks.

3. Hideous Kinky, by Gillies MacKennon: This British movie, starring Kate Winslet as the single mother of two adorable little girls, follows Kate as she escapes to Morocco, family in tow, on an exploratory journey chasing after Sufi wisdom. Set in 1960's Marrakech, this film offers an invaluable glance at what Marrakech's large central plaza, the Jama'a el F'na looked like back in the day.

Notable mentions include Ali Zaoua (film about street kids in Morocco) and Le Grand Voyage (a Moroccan-French teenager and his elderly father road trip from southern France to Mecca to complete the Muslim pilgrimage).

Movies - Hip Hop in Morocco

A new documentary, I Love Hip Hop in Morocco has been hitting the film festival circuit and is on the verge of its global release.

The story begins with a group of Moroccan hip hop artists who share a single dream: to rock a professional concert for a hometown crowd. Unfortunately, resistance is strong in their society and resources scarce. And so begins the journey.

Featuring Moroccan Hip Hop artists like DJ Key, H-Kayne, Fnaïre, MC Bigg, Brownfingaz, Mot de Passe, FatiShow, this film delves into the "thoughts and dreams of the true future of the Arab world-- it's youth."