Ali Zaoua

Directed by Nabil Ayouch
Film Movement
2000
98 Minutes
Morocco, France
Arabic
Coming of Age, Drama
French Language, Coming of Age, Community, Human Rights
Not Rated
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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.

DVD Features

Bonus short: The Architecture of Reassurance, directed by Mike Mills

Sound: Stereo 2.0

Discs: 1

  • Highest Rating
    "Stirring!"
    , New York Post
  • Highest Rating
    "Compassion that's evident in every shot!"
    Moira Macdonald, The Seattle Times
  • Highest Rating
    "I highly recommend this one!"
    Don Houston, DVDTalk

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