Ali, Kwita, Omar, and Boukber are a group of street urchins living on the hard streets of Casablanca. Their everyday lives are filled with violence, begging, and indifference. In order to survive they create a bond of friendship and family between then. The bond is cut short when Ali is senselessly killed at the beginning of the film by a blow to the head; his life taken by a single act of a rival gang. Ali's friends decide not to report his death to the police, who would have the boy buried in a potter's field. Instead they decide to give him a worthy burial, to bury Ali on the private island he so often dreamed of. Ali Zaoua captures the power of dreams and presence of hope in the harshest of circumstances.
Bonus short: The Architecture of Reassurance, directed by Mike Mills
Sound: Stereo 2.0
- "Compassion that's evident in every shot!"
- "I highly recommend this one!"
Awards & Recognition
Amiens Int'l Film Festival
Buster Int'l Children's Film Festival
Cologne Mediterranean Film Festival
Giffoni Film Festival
Kerala Int'l Film Festival
Mannheim Heidelberg Film Festival
Prize of the Ecumenical Jury
Montreal World Film Festival
St Louis Int'l Film Festival
Stockholm Film Festival
Sundance Film Festival
Toronto Int'l Film Festival
Berlin Int'l Film Festival
Seattle Int'l Film Festival
Vancouver Int'l Film Festival