Cinema

Morocco Earned $120 Million From Foreign Films in 2014

Rabat- 2014 was a record year for film production in Morocco with a combined budget of $120 million, according to Sarim Fassi Fihri, the general director of the Moroccan Cinematographic Centre (CCM). This figure represents a six-fold increase in comparison with 2013 when the budget of foreign films production reached $22 million. Speaking at the close of Morocco's National Film Festival in Tangiers on Satur ...

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Representation of Moroccan Women in Hollywood

By Abdelatif Ait Aazzi Casablanca - Throughout history, Hollywood has used repetition as a teaching tool to affect people’s thoughts and beliefs. Many writers and American filmmakers support this idea. In his book and in the documentary Reel Bad Arabs, Jack Shaheen explains how the persistence of depicting Arabs in a degrading fashion over time has worked to cement prejudicial attitudes toward Arabs and Ara ...

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Jon Stewart to Leave ‘Daily Show’

Los Angeles- Host Jon Stewart will leave the satirical and pioneering "The Daily Show" later this year, his bosses at Comedy Central said Tuesday, calling him a "comic genius." The 52-year-old, who took time off in 2013 to direct a film based on an Iranian-Canadian journalist's nightmare in a Tehran jail, has worked for Comedy Central for the better part of two decades. "His comedic brilliance is second to ...

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Two Moroccan Actors Receive Death Threats For Participating in ‘Son of God’

Rabat - Two Moroccan actors have received death threats following their participation in American Christian movie 'Son of God' which retells the life of Jesus. The actors, Rafik Boubker and Said Bay, are reported to have received death threats from anonymous over the phone and on social media platforms, describing them as "apostates" after they were featured in the movie 'Son of God' which was filmed in Mor ...

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Moroccan Minister of Communication Applauds Censorship of “Exodus” on Twitter

Fez - Minister of Communication, Mustafa El Khalfi, tweeted that he "welcomes the commitment of the Director of the Moroccan Cinematographic Centre (CCM) to respect the law" and that "the decision taken by the Commission does not breech the freedom of artistic creation guaranteed by the Constitution." Je soutiens la décision prise au sujet du film #Exodus et je salue l’attachement du Directeur du CCM au res ...

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Real Prostitute in Nabil Ayouch’s Film About Prostitution in Morocco

Taroudant - Morocco’s film director Nabil Ayouch said that a real prostitute is among the cast of his new movie “Expired,” which outlines the daily life of four marginalized prostitutes in the city of Marrakech. Speaking in an interview with Alyoum24, Ayouch said that “the relationship between his film and reality will remain a secret,” adding that the identity of that real prostitute will not be disclosed. ...

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This Is Why Morocco Banned Ridely Scott’s Movie ‘Exodus’

Rabat - The Moroccan Cinematographic Center (CCM) published a memo explaining on what grounds it built its decision to cancel the screening of Ridely Scott's controversial film "Exodus: Gods and Kings." The governing body of Moroccan cinema said the film which was scheduled to be screened in numerous cinemas in Rabat and Casablanca before its cancellation "contains scenes depicting god as a child during the ...

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Moroccan Playwright Stages New Play About Jihad in Belgium

Taroudant - A new play entitled “Jihad,” written by comedian and director Ismail Saidi, will be performed at the North Pole area in Brussels from December 26-30. Saidi, who is of Moroccan origin, uses humor to explain a now global phenomenon to shed light on the causes that drive youth to join jihadist groups in Syria and Iraq. Entitled “Jihad,” the play tells the story of three young men from Brussels, Ben ...

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Morocco Bans Controversial Movie about Prophet Moses

Taroudant - The controversial movie “Exodus: Gods and Kings” of Ridely Scott scheduled for Wednesday in Morocco Mall theater hall has been cancelled by authorities. The Movie Theater of the Morocco Mall has announced on its Facebook page that the authorities has banned the screening of the movie. The Statement reads, “We are sorry to inform you of the cancellation of the screening of EXODUS film on Moroccan ...

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Moroccan Filmmaker Nabil Ayouch to Shoot Film About Prostitution in Marrakech

Rabat - Nabil Ayouch's current project "Expired" is a social drama which profiles the daily life of four marginalized women prostitutes in the city of Marrakech. Speaking to American magazine Variety, the director of Horses of God about the 2003 Casablanca bombings, said he began researching the topic 18 months ago, initially interviewing more than 100 prostitutes in Casablanca, Rabat and Tangier, talking a ...

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Moroccan-American Filmmaker Launches Campaign to Fund 9/11 Independent Film

New Jersey - It’s been thirteen years since terrorists set their sights on America on September 11, 2001. Nearly 3,000 people were killed, thousands more had their lives changed forever, a whole country went into mourning and the entire world was left changed.  Moroccan-American filmmaker Yossera Bouchtia has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the production of her latest film “I Am Selma.” In the film ...

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Egyptian Cinema Official Denies Insulting Moroccan Former Minister

Taroudant - Waleed Seif, head of the National Centre for Cinema, apologized to Moroccans and denied claims raised from insulting social media posts satirizing the way Moroccan ex-minister Touriya Jabrane received Egyptian actor Adel Imam at the Marrakech International Film Festival. Waleed Seif claims his Facebook page was hacked, with hackers writing the insulting statements to shake, “The deep respect [he ...

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