Cinema

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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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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