Ali Zaoua

Directed by Nabil Ayouch
Film Movement
2000
98 Minutes
Morocco, France
Arabic
Coming of Age, Drama
French Language, Coming of Age, Community, Human Rights
Not Rated
DVD $150.00
Blu-ray $150.00
PPR $350.00
DRL $499.00
PPR+DRL $599.00

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Ali, Kwita, Omar, and Boukber are a group of street urchins living on the hard streets of Casablanca. Their everyday lives are filled with violence, begging, and indifference. In order to survive they create a bond of friendship and family between then. The bond is cut short when Ali is senselessly killed at the beginning of the film by a blow to the head; his life taken by a single act of a rival gang. Ali's friends decide not to report his death to the police, who would have the boy buried in a potter's field. Instead they decide to give him a worthy burial, to bury Ali on the private island he so often dreamed of. Ali Zaoua captures the power of dreams and presence of hope in the harshest of circumstances.

  • Highest Rating
    "Stirring!"
    New York Post
  • Highest Rating
    "Compassion that's evident in every shot!"
    Moira Macdonald, The Seattle Times
  • Highest Rating
    "I highly recommend this one!"
    Don Houston, DVDTalk

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