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Les chevaux de Dieu (2012)

Not Rated | | Drama | 13 February 2013 (Belgium)
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A fictional account of the lives of the men responsible for the suicide bombings in Casablanca in 2003.

Director:

Nabil Ayouch

Writers:

Jamal Belmahi, Mahi Binebine (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Abdelhakim Rachi ... Yacine
Abdelilah Rachid ... Hamid
Hamza Souidek Hamza Souidek ... Nabil
Ahmed El Idrissi Amrani Ahmed El Idrissi Amrani ... Fouad
Badr Chakir Badr Chakir ... Khalil
Achraf Afir ... Yacine (as a child)
Said El-Alami ... Hamid (as a child)
Zouhair Sabri Zouhair Sabri ... Nabil (as a child)
Bouchaib Saakine Bouchaib Saakine ... Fouad (as a child)
Othman Younouss Othman Younouss ... Khalil (as a child)
Rabii Benjhail Tadlaoui Rabii Benjhail Tadlaoui ... Zaid (as Rabii Tadlaoui)
Mohammed Taleb Mohammed Taleb ... Abdu Zoubeir
Mohamed Mabrouk Mohamed Mabrouk ... Nouceir
Fatima El-Kraimy Fatima El-Kraimy ... Yemma (Yacine's Mother)
Youness Chara Youness Chara ... Said
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A fictional account of the lives of the men responsible for the suicide bombings in Casablanca in 2003.

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Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | Belgium | Tunisia | Morocco

Language:

Arabic | French

Release Date:

13 February 2013 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

Horses of God See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,251, 16 May 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,779, 16 May 2014

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$150,000, 31 December 2015
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Official submission of Morocco to the Oscars 2014 best foreign language film category. See more »

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Les étoiles de Sidi Moumen
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Les chevaux de Dieu (Bande originale du film)
©Les Films du Nouveau Monde, 2013
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They Exploit Our Sweat
23 January 2015 | by SuraditSee all my reviews

A difficult film to review objectively because of the content. It was extremely well done whatever your reaction might be to the story that was told. For those open to the excellent message contained in this film, it would be well worthwhile to watch. To those who see the world solely in black & white, it may, unfortunately, further fuel their prejudices

The story begins with a group of boys born and raised in the squalor of a Moroccan slum. Their lives are shaped by poverty, exploitation within their own community, harassment by the police and indifference to their plight from the government. They develop into young men who have little hope for the future, who use & deal drugs, who get drunk and into fights, who commit crimes & have no hope of meaningful employment, who are harassed & exploited by the police, and who in some cases are put in prison.

At this point in the story some of the young men are rescued ( or further exploited, depending on your point of view) by a group of Muslim men. The young men become part of a community that support & care for one another, pray & receive religious instruction, stop their anti-social behavior, cease committing petty crimes and seem on the road to being model citizens.

But then their education goes beyond the fundamentals of Islam and they learn of the persecution of others of their faith around the world. They are trained in hand to hand combat and indoctrinated with the view that martyrdom for the faith and for the defense of their people is an honorable objective that will ensure their entry into paradise and provide comfort to their families in this life.

To western minds this would appear to be mindless extremism and sacrifice but to be fair virtually every nation and every ideology fights its battles with armies recruited from poor, under-educated young men who have few prospects for the good life experienced by those who want to use them to defend their comfortable status quo or who want them to sacrifice themselves for some cause from which they, the recruiters, would reap the rewards. Whether the exploiters glorify the prospect of an honorable death for king & country, for democracy, for democratic freedom or for religious survival, it amounts to the same thing … attracting the disenfranchised through propaganda and short-term rewards to fight and die while those who reap the potential benefits stay out of harm's way.

The message of the film may help some to better understand the circumstances that inspire the recruitment of Islamic fundamentalists who are willing to become martyrs for their faith, but more generally it should open some eyes to the exploitation of marginalized, disaffected people for some "grand cause," whether it is supposedly to preserve a western capitalistic way of life (though certainly not a life enjoyed by most of those recruited) or to restore lost glory (as was twice the case in Germany) or supposedly at the behest of the semi-divine emperor of Japan or to defend the faith as in the crusades or Israeli conflicts … and so on throughout history. Glorifying sacrifice from those who have little to lose, by those who have much to gain, is neither unique to Islamic fundamentalists nor to the 21st century. The conditions that produce the ready supply of recruits used to wage wars and terrorism are nothing new either.

Definitely a thought-provoking, well produced film.


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