Casablanca Beats (2021)

(2021)

Feature Narrative Competition, Morocco, France, Arabic - 101 min

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About the Film

Former rapper Anas takes a job at a cultural centre in a working-class neighborhood in Casablanca. Encouraged by their new teacher, his students try to free themselves from the weight of restrictive traditions, in order to live their passions and express themselves through hip hop. The film had its world premiere in the official competition of the 2021 Cannes Film Festival.

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Director

Nabil Ayouch

Nabil Ayouch is a world renowned director. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Académie des Arts et Techniques du Cinéma. In 1997 he directed his first feature, Mektoub, which was the Moroccan entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards, as was his 2000 film Ali Zaoua, which won 45 international awards. In 2011, his feature Horses of God, which was based on the May 2003 Casablanca bombings, screened in Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival, where it received the François Chalais Award. His 2015 film, Much Loved won the Best Director and Best Actress awards at the Angoulême Film Festival and won over 12 international awards.

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