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Ali Zaoua: Prince of the Streets

This 2000 Moroccan feature by Nabil Ayouch spins an engrossing tale about a quartet of filthy, glue-addicted boys who fend for themselves on the waterfront of Casablanca. The title character, who fantasizes about sailing to a mythical island, is killed by their former gang, and though his three sidekicks vow to give him a decent […]

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A Door to the Sky

A young Moroccan woman who returns from Paris to her ancient hometown of Fez to see her dying father is unexpectedly pulled back toward Islam. “Am I in the 15th century or the 20th?” Nadia writes her French boyfriend, but when he visits she no longer wants to see him. Farida Ben Lyazid’s script evenhandedly […]