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Morocco Participates in Brazil's Arab World Film Festival

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Three Moroccan movies have been selected to represent the Kingdom at the 13th edition of Brazil's Arab World Film Festival (Aug. 8-27).
Morocco Participates in Brazil's Arab World Film Festival
08 August 2018

"Razzia" by Nabil Ayouch, "Fevers" by Hicham Ayouch and "Volubilis" by Faouzi Bensaïdi will be screened as part of the festival, which will take place in Sao Paulo.

"Razzia", a kaleidoscopic drama about intolerance and social tumult in Casablanca, links five stories across a 30-year span.

"Fevers" tells the story of Benjamin, a child in war against the world who has known violence and social care homes.

One day his mother goes to prison and Benjamin learns he has a father. He will then now go live with him in a city in the Parisian suburbs.

"Volubilis", which takes place in the city of Meknes, tells the story of recently married Abdelkader and Malika who struggle to make ends meet. They dream of leaving the family house and finally start a life of their own together. But one day at work, Abdelkader experiences a violent incident that will turn their destiny upside down.

The 13th Arab World Film Festival will feature 24 movies divided into four thematic sections: Arab world, Arab-Latin Dialogues, Palestinian Cinema and French-Arab Cinema.

“The films portray social and cultural relationships in the Arab world from a humane perspective, approaching human dramas and breaking stereotypes,” said Natalia Calfat, a member of the Festival’s organizing team. “This is the unifying thread,” she added.

The featured productions deal with several themes such as migration, asylum, identity, multicultural dialogue, interchange, the other’s gaze, empathy and integration.

Calfat said highlight films include “Wajib”, by the Palestinian filmmaker and poet Annemarie Jacir, "Insyriated” which features a mother trying to keep her family safe through the war in Syria, with a sniper by her front door and “As I Open My Eyes” which tells the story of a young woman during the Arab Spring in Tunisia.

In the Arab-Latin section, the highlights are the documentaries “A Palestina Brasileira” (The Brazilian Palestine), by Omar Barros Filho, and “Yallah! Yallah!”, by Argentinian directors Fernando Romanazzo and Cristian Pirovano, about soccer in Palestine.

Last modified : 08 August 2018

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