Cinema

Banning ‘Much Loved’ is a Sovereign Decision: Minister

Rabat- Minister of Communications and Spokesperson of the Government Mustapha El Khalfi said banning Nabil Ayouch's film “Much Loved (Zine li Fik)” from screening in Morocco was a "sovereign decision". Speaking to news website Al Yaoum24, the Islamist Minister said the ban decision of Nabil Ayouch's film about prostitution in Marrakech has been taken because "the film undermines the moral values, and dignit ...

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Moroccan Actress Receives Death Threats For Her Role in ‘Much Loved’

Rabat - Loubna Abidar, the heroin of Nabil Ayouch's controversial film, “ Much Loved (Zine Li Fik)” which chronicles the daily life of four marginalized prostitutes in the city of Marrakech, has reportedly received death threats over a telephone call. The actress wrote on her Facebook page that she had received an anonymous call to her home phone from an unknown person threatening to kill her. "Imagine a st ...

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Morocco Bans Nabil Ayouch’s Film on Prostitution

Rabat- The Moroccan government decided on Monday to ban the screening the controversial film "Much Loved" in Moroccan cinema, a communique from the Ministry of Communication. After a CCM group saw the film in an international film festival, it was decided not to authorize the release of the film in Morocco, "a statement from the Ministry of Communication said. “The film undermines the moral values, and dign ...

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Red Carpet: Gaza Film to Recall the Death of 2000 Civilians

Karama-Gaza Human Rights Film Festival (Red Carpet) is a festival for short and long narrative and documentary films held in Gaza Strip on May 12-14 . It is the first festival that highlights human rights issues, mainly in Palestine and generally all over the world. The opening of the first day of the three-day festival’s activities held next to the debris of the destroyed homes in Sheja’eya neighborhood (A ...

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American Court Allows Google to Repost Controversial Anti-Islam Film

Rabat- After three years of dispute over copyright law, global protests, and several deaths, the appeals court of San Francisco finally ruled that the YouTube ban over Innocence of Muslims, an American film under fire for controversial anti-islamic content, should be removed. Controversy sprouted from a released trailer of the movie, where actress Cindy Lee Garcia seems to ask if the Prophet is a child mole ...

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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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