Casablanca- The Moroccan actress Latifa Ahrar was harshly criticized for her appearance on the Marrakech Film Festival red carpet late last week in which she was dressed in traditional Moroccan dress, though showing her legs. Outrage spread quickly, especially because Ahrar had already courted controversy by appearing partly nude onstage. Moroccan audiences are unaccustomed to seeing actors' bodies, and Ahrar's willingness to show her flesh is seen as a violation of tacitly agreed upon social conventions. This scandal is particularly unfortunate because it overshadowed the evening's tribute ceremony to Moroccan cinema veteran Mohammed Bastoaui.

Loubna FLAH is a Moroccan national.