Cinema

Agadir Hosts Seventh Annual International Documentary Film Festival

Rabat- The Seventh Annual International Documentary Film Festival takes place May 4-9 in Agadir, featuring a diverse array of international competitors. This year’s edition offers a special compilation of Maghreb, occidental, and African sub-Saharan films along with a dozen special screenings in a number of indoor and outdoor spaces throughput the city, such as the Jamma Adorra complex, Ibn Zohr University, ...

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The Guardian Ranks Morocco Among Top 10 Destinations for Film-makers

Rabat - The Guardian has ranked Morocco among the top 10 film destinations for international film-makers in the world. The British newspaper said Morocco is currently "the first choice of American film-makers seeking a safe stand-in for the Middle East – a common demand these days, with Iraq war films still in heavy supply." Following the likes of Body of Lies and Green Zone, Morocco's capital Rabat was als ...

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Nabil Ayouch’s Film on Prostitution in Marrakech to Represent Morocco At Cannes Festival

Rabat- Cannes Film Festival has picked Nabil Ayouch's film "Much Loved" to feature in the lineup of the Director's Fortnight (AKA la Quinzaine des Réalisateurs). Much Love is a social drama that portrays the daily life of four marginalized women prostitutes in the city of Marrakech. In an earlier interview with American magazine Variety, the director of Horses of God about the 2003 Casablanca bombings, said ...

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21st Tetouan International Festival for Mediterranean Cinema Opens

Tétouan- The 21st Tetouan International Festival for Mediterranean Cinema (FICMT) opened, Saturday in Tétouan, with the participation of an array of filmmakers and movie actors from the Mediterranean region. The opening ceremony of the fest, slated March 28-April 4, was marked by a tribute paid to one of the leading Moroccan theater figures, Touria Jabrane. During this ceremony, attended mainly by Wali of T ...

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Russian Ice Stars to Perform in Casablanca

Rabat - The Russian Ice Stars company will perform their famous musical production, "Peter Pan on Ice,” on March 28 and 29 in the theater of Mohamed V in Casablanca. For the first time in Morocco, the Russian Ice Stars will entertain a Moroccan audiences with their adaption of J M Barrie’s much loved magical adventure, Peter Pan. The famous fantasy story will be portrayed on the stage of Mohamed V theater h ...

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Morocco Seizes Over 103,000 Pirated Movies

Taroudant - A total of 34,243 pirated music and film compact discs and DVDs werehave been seized and 10 counterfeiters arrested since the beginning of January 2015 as part of several continuous operations conducted by the Moroccan Cinematographic Centre in different cities of the kingdom. In the fight against piracy of films and audiovisual works, the Moroccan Cinematographic Centre in coordination with the ...

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Moroccan Kamal Hachkar to be Awarded at New York Sephardic Film Festival

Rabat – French Moroccan film maker Kamal Hachkar will be awarded the 2015 Pomegranate Award for Artistic Achievement in acknowledgment for his achievements in the arts and film. The director of “Tinghir-Jerusalem: Echoes from Mellah” will be honored during the 18th annual NY Sephardi Film Festival to be held from March 12-19, 2015 at the Center for Jewish History in Manhattan. According to the organizers, t ...

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Moroccan Film “Fever” Wins “Golden Stallion’ at Festival of African Cinema

Taroudante- "Fever", a film by Moroccan director Hicham Ayouch, won the Golden Stallion award, the most prestigious award at the Festival of African Cinema on Saturday in Ouagadougou. During the closing ceremony of the 24th Pan-African Festival of Cinema and Television in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Moroccan director Hicham Ayouch was presented the Golden Stallion, also known as the “Golden Stallion of Yenne ...

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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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