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Ali Zaoua: Prince of the Streets (2000)

Ali Zaoua, prince de la rue (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Crime | 25 November 2000 (Morocco)
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.


Nabil Ayouch
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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


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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Drama | Crime


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Amal Ayouch had met Mustapha Hansali when he visited the Wholesale market in the company of an educator one night. When asked to improvise a situation, he revealed himself to be an extraordinarily sensitive child. Hansali had a difficult relationship with his mother, and it was hard for him to take on the role of Omar vis-à-vis Ali's mother. Also, he did not want to be filmed in the nude while Ali's mother bathed him. Amal Ayouch finally persuaded him, explaining how much more difficult it had been for her, married, with two children, to simulate sex with a client. See more »


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 »


References The 400 Blows (1959) See more »

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a film from another world...
22 September 2003 | by july24christinaSee all my reviews

This is definitely one of the best films that i've seen lately. It tells the story of Moroccan street children who live in the filth of the gutters of present-day Casablanca. These homeless urchins, with a few exceptions, make up a gang of at least 75-100 kids who pick pockets, sniff glue and are led by Dib, a modern-day Fagin. A band of 3 ids, following a dreamer- Ali Zaoua, splits from this gang. When Ali is killed by a kid from the gang, the story begins.

We follow these children as they try to give Ali a funeral, and what we see in their world is at times terrifying, or at least extremely upsetting and unsettling. Part of what makes the film so effective is that the children are not actors- they are real street children. they are not Hollywood's dirty Orphan Annies, in pre-stained clothing and manufactured dirt- they are real. Dib is one of the few professional actors in the film. It is at times difficult to see because of this. Still, Ali Zaoua is an extremely good and possibly great film.

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25 November 2000 (Morocco) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Casablanca, Morocco


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2.35 : 1
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