Three films that document or re-tell the dissident histories of Moroccan cinema and music in the 70s and 80s. All screenings will include English subtitles.

About Some Meaningless Events (1974)

SUNDAY JULY 11TH | 19:30

In About Some Meaningless Events we see Mostafa Derkaoui, the director, with a group of other young Moroccan filmmakers roam the streets of Casablanca with one question for any passer-by: What should Moroccan cinema be? While they try to find the answer to his question, their journey gets interrupted by a young man with a fascinating story. Long discussions between the film crew follow about his story and whether or not to include it, for it could make them complicit in a crime.

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Before the Dying of the Light (2020)


Through a collage of archival footage, posters, philosophical texts, jazz music, magazine covers and cartoons, Ali Essafi takes us back to the emerging art scene of Morocco in the 1970s. The perspective of the artists and actors in this scene are shown, their stories are finally told. Before the Dying of the Light is dedicated to the victims of censorship and oppression by showing us the optimism and excitement for the future, before King Hassan II and his oppressive regime tried to extinguish it.

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Trances (1981)


In Trances director Ahmed El Maanouni follows the avant-pop band Nass El Ghiwane during a series of energetic performances in Tunisia, Morocco and France, while also capturing the band members in intimate conversations, recording sessions and the streets of Casablanca. While it’s a concert movie, capturing the rebellious lyrics and fully acoustic sound, which draws on Berber rhythms, Malhun sung poetry, and Gnawa dances, Trances is more than that, it’s a one-of-a-kind documentary about musicians as storytellers and political activists.

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