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Ali Zaoua: Prince of the Streets (2000)
"Ali Zaoua, prince de la rue" (original title)

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Ali, Kwita, Omar and Boubker are street kids. The daily dose of glue sniffing represents their only escape from reality. Since they left Dib and his gang, they have been living on the ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mounïm Kbab ...
Kwita
Mustapha Hansali ...
Omar
Hicham Moussoune ...
Boubker
Abdelhak Zhayra ...
Ali Zaoua
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Dib
Amal Ayouch ...
Ali Zaoua's mother
Mohamed Majd ...
The fisherman
Hicham Ibrahimi ...
The sailor
Nadia Ould Hajjaj ...
Schoolgirl
Abdelkader Lofti ...
Hardware store owner
Khalil Essaadi ...
Khalid
Abdessamad Tourab Seddam ...
Noureddine
Ahmed Lahlil ...
Man in bar
Karim Merzak ...
The marabout's son
Halima Frizi ...
Old woman
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Ali, Kwita, Omar and Boubker are street kids. The daily dose of glue sniffing represents their only escape from reality. Since they left Dib and his gang, they have been living on the portside of Casablanca. They live in constant fear of Dib's revenge. Ali wants to become a sailor - when he was living with his mother, a prostitute, he used to listen to a fairy tale about the sailor who discovered the miracle island with two suns. Instead of finding his island in the dream, Ali and his friends are confronted with Dib's gang. Matters are getting serious. Written by Anonymous

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An Unforgettable Very Sensitive and Moving Low Budget Movie
10 July 2004 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In the streets of Casablanca, the homeless boys Kwita, Omar and Boubker, leaded by Ali Zaoua, the son of a prostitute, leave the gang of Dib. The dream of Ali is to become a sailor and navigate with his mother to an isolated island with two suns. However, the four friends are attacked by Dib's gang and Ali dies, hit by a stone on the head. Kwita, Omar and Boubker hide the body in a hole, while trying to get money for a special funeral for the `prince' Ali. This movie is one the most sensitive and moving stories I have ever seen, comparable to the 1950 Luis Buñuel's masterpiece `Los Olvidados' and 1981 Hector Babenco's `Pixote: A Lei do Mais Fraco'. Indeed, it is a low budget movie, supported by outstanding director and infantile cast and a wonderful and never corny story. It is impossible not having the emotions affected or even cry with such a beautiful conclusion of a marvelous drama. My vote is ten.

Title (Brazil): `As Ruas de Casablanca' (`The Streets of Casablanca')


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