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.
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 about their personal backgrounds and what led them onto prostitution.
“I want to go beneath the surface and show the real lives of these women, who are treated extremely badly. Many people come to Marrakech for sex – from the Gulf countries, from Europe. They treat these women extremely badly. They have a kind of superiority complex — just because they have money they think they can buy everything,” Ayouch was quoted as saying.
Given the sensitivity of the topic that is seen a social taboo in Morocco, Ayouch said that he presented the twice to the Moroccan Cinema Center (CCM) but ended up rejected on both occasions and so he decided to produce it himself.
The film is a Franco-Moroccan coproduction, involving New District, a new Moroccan new company based in Casablanca, Ayouch’s production company, Ali n’ productions, and French production houses, Barney productions and Les Films du Nouveau Monde.
“I decided to keep the budget low in order to safeguard my freedom of expression,” Ayouch explained.
The shooting of the film began in late October and is reported to have finished on December 15. The cast is a mixture of professional and non -professional actors and much of the dialogue is improvised.
“At present we’re seeing a new kind of filmmaking from the U.S. and Europe, that makes us believe that we’re in the middle of reality. People don’t normally expect to see this style of filmmaking from the Arab world,” the French born director said.