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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.

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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:

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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

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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References The 400 Blows (1959) See more »

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Brilliantly powerful
14 August 2014 | by ZooomaSee all my reviews

Moroccan film, brilliantly powerful, about life of the streets for three young abandoned/runaway boys who wish to honor their dead friend by giving him a proper burial. This is not Humphrey Bogart's Casablanca; this is quite a bleak life for these kids. They sniff glue and try not to rejoin a brutal gang they want no part of. They try to avoid being raped... but sometimes it happens. Yet they have the will to survive. Depressing as it might be, the movie still has warmth and is extremely engaging. The boys' performances are out of this world good and the cinematography drew me in and never let me go. I do hope I will be watching this one again one day.

8.3 / 10 stars

--Zoooma, a Kat Pirate Screener


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