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

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A group of children living on the street leave their gang, prompting retribution from the gang's leader. After one of the children dies, the rest try to come up with the resources to give their friend a proper burial.

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Cast

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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ESP 4,048,236 (Spain) (29 June 2001)
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Omar grabs coins out of the ashtray, but makes no sound when he drops them in his pocket. There is also no sound when he gets the lighter out of the same pocket. See more »

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Even better than "City of God!"
17 February 2004 | by (Roanoke, Va.) – See all my reviews

This is an amazing film. It has to be up there with "City of God" and "Pixote" (Brazil), "At- The Horse" (Turkey), "Saalam Bombay" (India) and "Amores Perros" (Mexico) as well as the American documentary "Streetwise" as one of the best contemporary movies about poverty and the social repression and horrors it brings to its subjects. The film is engrossing, captivating, disturbing and harrowing on many levels. The film is also a remarkable fusion of Godard, gangster films and "Arabian Nights." A shocking thing happens to the film's title character at the outset of the film, and we are transported into a world that is both enchating and perilous as if we are traveling with Sinbad across the 7 seas. Alas, this is no fantasy and we are reminded of that all too suddenly and it is a power that haunts the viewer as the final credits roll. The film also reminds one of our great independent filmmakers, like Spike Lee and Jim Jarmusch in terms of applying simplicity to brilliant and stark primary and secondary characters thus allowing a documentary feel to float with the narrative. Alas, when one is from Morroco as this filmmaker is, it usually takes two or three major efforts like this before you are recognized as being a cinematic genius. One of the best African films I've seen, along with "Quartier Mozart" from Cameroon, and certainly worth one's time.


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