Ali, Kwita, Omar and Boubker are street kids. The daily dose of glue sniffing represents their only escape from reality. Since they left Dib and his gang, they have been living on the portside of Casablanca. They live in constant fear of Dib’s revenge. Ali wants to become a sailor – when he was living with his mother, a prostitute, he used to listen to a fairy tale about the sailor who discovered the miracle island with two suns. Instead of finding his island in the dream, Ali and his friends are confronted with Dib’s gang. Matters are getting serious.
Ali Zaoua: Prince of the Streets is a beautiful Moroccan film that depicts the struggles of a group of children living in poverty on the streets of Casablanca. The movie follows the story of four best friends who dream of starting a new life away from their harsh reality. But after the tragic death of one of them, they set out on a journey to give him the burial he deserves, which leads them on a dangerous adventure and a fight for survival.
The film is not just a heartbreaking tale of friendship and loss, but also a powerful commentary on the harsh realities of life for marginalized children in Morocco. The performances by the young actors are incredible, and the director masterfully captures the emotions and struggles of these children.
The cinematography is also outstanding, showcasing the vibrant colors and contrasts of the Moroccan landscape. The score is hauntingly beautiful and complements the film perfectly.
While the film can be tough to watch at times due to its heavy subject matter, it is a must-see for anyone interested in foreign cinema and a powerful reminder of the resilience of the human spirit.
Fun Fact: The director, Nabil Ayouch, spent several months living on the streets of Casablanca, researching and befriending street children, before making the film. This authenticity is reflected in the movie’s realistic portrayal of their lives.
Director: Nabil Ayouch
Writers: Nabil AyouchNathalie Saugeon
Stars: Mounïm Kbab, Mustapha Hansali, Hicham Moussoune
Countries of origin: Morocco, Tunisia, France, Belgium, United States
Languages: Arabic, French
Also known as: Ali Zaoua: Prince of the Streets
Filming locations: Casablanca, Morocco
Format : MPEG-4
Format profile : Base Media
Codec ID : isom (isom/iso2/avc1/mp41)
File size : 1.64 GiB
Duration : 1 h 38 min
Overall bit rate : 2 383 kb/s
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