Rabat- Film director Nabil Ayouch called on Moroccan authorities to provide protection to the cast of "Much Loved", his latest film, following death threats leveled against them.
Rabat- Film director Nabil Ayouch called on Moroccan authorities to provide protection to the cast of “Much Loved”, his latest film, following death threats leveled against them.
Speaking to Hit Radio’s Le Morning de MOMO host Mohamed Bousfiha, the Franco-Moroccan director has urged Moroccans not to jump to conclusions even before watching the film, adding that those who refuse to watch it have every right to do so.
The “Horses of God” director said authorities took the decision to ban his film from screening in Morocco without even having seen it.
The maker of the controversial movie – which tells the story of four women prostitutes in the city of Marrakech – said he was “surprised” by the uproar created by his film, saying that leaked clips posted on YouTube “do not reflect” the story the film is based on.
Ayouch denied receiving any funding from state-controlled Cinematographic Center (CCM), the country’s film regulatory authority, and said he produced the film on his own.
On Monday, Moroccan authorities announced that “Much Loved would not be screened in Moroccan movie cinemas.
A statement from the Ministry of Communications said the film “undermines moral values, and dignity of Moroccan women, and [is] a flagrant attack on the kingdom’s image.”