Ali Zaoua


Ali Zaoua

Infobox Film
name = Ali Zaoua


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director = Nabil Ayouch
producer = Etienne Comar
Jean Cottin
Antoine Voituriez
writer = Nabil Ayouch
Nathalie Saugeon
narrator =
starring = Mounim Kbab
Abdelhak Zhayra
Hicham Moussoune
Amal Ayouch
Mustapha Hansali
music = Krishna Levy
cinematography = Renaat Lambeets
Vincent Mathias
editing = Jean-Robert Thomann
distributor = Arab Film Distribution (USA)
released = September 8 2000
runtime = 90 mins.
country = flagicon|Morocco Morocco
flagicon|Tunisia Tunisia
flagicon|France France
flagicon|Belgium Belgium
language = Arabic, French
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amg_id = 1:220863
imdb_id = 0260688

"Ali Zaoua: Prince of the Streets" is a 2000 Moroccan crime drama film that tells the story of some homeless boys. It was awarded in the 2000 Stockholm Film Festival and in the 2000 Amiens International Film Festival.

Plot

Kwita (Mounim Kbab), Omar (Mustapha Hansali) and Boubker (Hicham Moussoune) are distraught that gang members have killed Ali Zaoua (Abdelhak Zhayra), and they vow to bury him "like a prince." Kwita is the boy who masterminds the idea, but his resolve doesn't always match his courage, so it's Omar who works his way into Ali's old house, where Ali's mother (Amal Ayouch) works as a prostitute. Just finished with a customer, she says that Ali lied when he claimed she'd wanted "to sell his eyes" for profit. More truths are revealed, which help explain Ali's obsession with becoming a sailor and living on an island far from Casablanca.

Before the trio's quest is over, Kwita meets a girl he falls for and visits a cemetery where his lack of religious training ("I went to a mosque once") is criticized; Omar briefly returns to his former gang, which instigated Ali's murder; and Boubker -- the smallest and most vulnerable of the three -- threatens to kill himself but recovers his sense of self and helps an old fisherman (Mohamed Majd) on his boat.

Miscellanea

* Some of the boys starring in the film are actually real homeless boys.

Awards

* Bronze Horse, 2000 Stockholm Film Festival
* Audience Award, 2000 Amiens International Film Festival

External links

* [http://www.cinemotions.com/modules/Films/fiche/286/Ali-Zaoua-Prince-de-la-Rue.html Official film link]
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