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C'est eux les chiens... (2013)

After 20 years spent in jail, a political prisoner is released in the midst of the Arab Spring. A TV crew doing a report on the social movements in Morocco decides to follow him in the quest of hist past...

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Hicham Lasri (as Hisham Lasri)

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Hicham Lasri (as Hisham Lasri)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Hassan Ben Badida Hassan Ben Badida ... Mahjoul
Yahya El Fouandi Yahya El Fouandi ... Lotfi Sawssen
Imad Fijjaj Imad Fijjaj ... Ali, le stagiaire
Jalal Boulftaim Jalal Boulftaim ... Daoud Hasska
Malek Akhmiss Malek Akhmiss ... Le cycliste
Nadia Niazi Nadia Niazi ... Naïma
Salah Bensalah Salah Bensalah ... Le présentateur
Abderrahim Samadi Abderrahim Samadi ... Rachid Doukhane
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yahya El Fandi Yahya El Fandi ... Lotfi
Issa Ndiaye Issa Ndiaye ... Illigal Immigrant
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After 20 years spent in jail, a political prisoner is released in the midst of the Arab Spring. A TV crew doing a report on the social movements in Morocco decides to follow him in the quest of hist past...

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France | Morocco

Language:

Arabic

Release Date:

5 February 2014 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Los perros son ellos See more »

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Ali n' Films See more »
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A Hicham Lasri film which makes effective use of television to make serious cinema !!!!
11 March 2015 | by FilmCriticLalitRaoSee all my reviews

The movement by fearless protagonists was visible in films shown in competition section during 19th International Film Festival of Kerala 2014.However, their subject matters and presentation styles differed a lot. Moroccan director Hicham Lasri made an effective use of television as a potent tool of 'social awakening'. His film "They are the Dogs" (C'est Eux Les Chiens) is modeled on the sufferings experienced by ordinary Moroccans during widespread demonstrations against their national government in 1981. This film takes into account countless tribulations undergone by an old man who comes out of prison after having spent 3 decades in various Moroccan prisons. Once he has experienced the joys of freedom, searching for his lost family is the only thing on his mind. It is at this crucial stage of his life that a television crew with some energetic men crosses his path. It is not so often in the field of cinema that the road movie genre is coupled with television in order to comment on some serious yet necessary political issues. One has to watch this film's initial scenes with utmost attention as a casual viewer would not be able to understand how the scenes of a sound failure have just been used as a ploy for these youngsters to express their opinions. Actor Hassan Ben Badida is remarkable in his role as Majhoul, a man who loses everything including his family when he regains freedom after 3 decades of meaningless incarceration. This film's abrasive use of television camera to get closer to a protagonist mesmerized all the jurors that they chose to unanimously award it best film award in International competition section.


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