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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
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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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Drama | Crime


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Official submission of Morocco for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 73rd Academy Awards in 2001. 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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16 January 2018 | by MaoElMouloudiSee all my reviews

There's a saying in Morocco that says "A coincidence, is better than a thousand appointments." so how cool is it when the best movie that you've ever seen is the movie that you saw on your very first time to a cinema. I had 10 years old and there was this local movie that got everybody (grown-ups) talking about it, i remember it was a week-end me and my mom went to see my welthy aunt (we were lower class) and my nephew took me with him to the cinema.... I remember me after that movie going in streets like them kids (in the movie) and singing their song... now it's been 15 years and i have seen a lot of french and american movies but above them all stays "Ali Zaoua" as my personal best. I've lost count of how many times i've seen it again and again the movie is unbelievably realistic and heart-warming and whenever i see it, it gets me so nostalgic and reminiscing about my childhood... Another magic fact in my relation with this masterpiece is that the leading actor (Hicham Moussoune) was related to my neighbors and was about my age, so we were sort of "friends" we played in the street a time or two!! There were also great actors in this movie like "Saïd Taghmaoui" who became a hoolywood Star.

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Filming Locations:

Casablanca, Morocco


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