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Ali Zaoua: Prince of the Streets
Ali Zaoua: Prince of the Streets

Feature Film

Nabil Ayouch


90 minutes

Written by:
Nabil Ayouch & Nathalie Saugeon

Arabic with English subtitles
    Winner! Bronze Horse, Stockholm Film Festival
Winner! Audience Award, Amiens International Film Festival

"An engaging and powerful piece of work." —The Guardian

"Not to be missed." —Seattle Weekly

Winner of over 40 international film festival awards!

Director Nabil Ayouch draws on such earlier masterpieces as Luis Bunuel's Los Olvidados and Hector Babenco's Pixote for this memorable and moving portrait of the lives of street kids living in Casablanca's abandoned lots. Ali, Kouka, Omar and Boubker, four young friends who are members of a gang, rebel against their cruel leader's oppressive rule and strike out on their own, running away from "home" a second time.

Although they are surrounded by crime, violence and degradation, the boys long for love and tenderness. Ali's fantasy is to escape to the seas and become a sailor. He wants to reach the island "where two suns set," become a royal prince and "meet a lovely woman."

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