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Ali Zaoua: Prince of the Streets (2000)

Ali Zaoua, prince de la rue (original title)
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.

Director:

Nabil Ayouch

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mounïm Kbab Mounïm Kbab ... Kwita
Mustapha Hansali Mustapha Hansali ... Omar
Hicham Moussoune Hicham Moussoune ... Boubker
Abdelhak Zhayra Abdelhak Zhayra ... Ali Zaoua
Saïd Taghmaoui ... Dib
Amal Ayouch Amal Ayouch ... Ali Zaoua's mother
Mohamed Majd Mohamed Majd ... The fisherman
Hicham Ibrahimi Hicham Ibrahimi ... The sailor
Nadia Ould Hajjaj Nadia Ould Hajjaj ... Schoolgirl
Abdelkader Lofti Abdelkader Lofti ... Hardware store owner
Khalil Essaadi Khalil Essaadi ... Khalid
Abdessamad Tourab Seddam Abdessamad Tourab Seddam ... Noureddine
Ahmed Lahlil Ahmed Lahlil ... Man in bar
Karim Merzak Karim Merzak ... The marabout's son
Halima Frizi Halima Frizi ... Old woman
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama | Crime

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Morocco | Tunisia | France | Belgium | USA

Language:

Arabic | French

Release Date:

25 November 2000 (Morocco) See more »

Also Known As:

Ali Zaoua: Prince of the Streets See more »

Filming Locations:

Casablanca, Morocco

Company Credits

Production Co:

2M,Ace Editing,Alexis Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

Goofs

Boubker tells Kwita and the boatman that he wants to help. He turns to go get nails. The distance he travels changes between shots. See more »

Connections

References The 400 Blows (1959) See more »

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An Honest and Graphic Look At Children's Lives In An Alternate World
24 May 2013 | by museumofdaveSee all my reviews

When I hear some petulant tot in the Safeway market candy section whining because he can't have two candy bars, I want to plop the spoiled child in front of this film for about five minutes, which would be quite enough.

Director Ayouch mixes elements of children's stark gang life in modern day Casablanca with the hallucinatory dreams they have, and he creates a harsh and vivid tale built around three close pals who decide they must give their most recently murdered friend a decent burial--he was, after all their Prince, their leader, their compatriot. This may not sound like the stuff movie dreams are made of, and its not exactly a cheerer-upper, but the young actors are astoundingly real--and sometimes quite funny--and the willing viewer can be transported to another world within a world unlike anything you might find in Iowa

This is memorable film-making, examining a particular time and place-- in this case the Middle East--for it's universal elements; it isn't anywhere near the sweetness and light of The Sound of Music, but is perhaps a more honest immersion in human behavior.


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