Morrocan Films Special Focus on Ahmed El Maanouni

This Year the London African Film Festival puts the spotlight on films from the Maghreb.
Four Morrocan films are presented at Ciné lumière at the Institut français, with a special focus on award-winning Moroccan director Ahmed El Maanouni.

Morocco | 1981 | col | 84 mins | dir. Ahmed El Maanouni | documentary
The group Nass El Ghiwane was described by Martin Scorcese as the ‘Rolling Stones’ of Africa, and this film, restored by Scorsese’s World Cinema Foundation in 2007, is a rare and enthralling document. Director El Maanouni says of his film: 'The group Nass El Ghiwane draw their music from Moroccan and African folk music deeply rooted in the continent’s history. I chose the music of the Saharan brotherhood 'The Gnaouas', the most African of all these sources, because it was preserved by the former slaves from the South, to underline the trances...'
Fri 27 November |  4.00pm

Burned Hearts
Les Coeurs brûlés mmo
Morocco | 2007 | col | 84 mins | dir. Ahmed El Maanouni, with Nadia Alami, Azelarab Alkaghat | cert. TBC | UK premiere
Amin’s uncle is dying. He returns hurriedly to Fes in the hope of freeing himself from the pain inflicted to him by the man who brought him up. The confrontation between the two is not what Amin expected. Every corner of the city reminds him of his difficult childhood, and the film cleverly interweaves his memories and internal struggles with the lives of those around him. Revealing with subtletly conflicts in contemporary Moroccan’s society, Burned Hearts also features an excellent soundtrack.
Saturday 28 November 6.30pm

Oh the Days!
Alyam Alyam
Morocco | 1978 | col | 89 mins | dir. Ahmed El Maanouni | cert. TBC
The young farmer Abdelwahad has been the head of the family since his father’s death. Struggling to feed his seven brothers, and discouraged by the lack of prospects, he becomes attracted by the offer of a relative to go and work in France. Dreaming of a better life abroad, he awaits the document which will allow him to travel. His mother, a grounded woman of strong character, refuses to see her eldest son leave and tries to dissuade him from emigrating. El Maanouni skilfully invites us into the slow unfolding of conflicts caused by traditions as well as emigration. A wonderful and poignant film.
Sunday 29 November | 6.40pm

The Lost
Oud Al Ward
Morocco | 2007 | col | 90 mins | dir. Lahcen Zinoun, with Sanaa Alaoui, Mohamed Miftah, Touria Jabrane | cert. Tbc | UK premiere
Morocco, 1913. After being kidnapped and made into a slave, Oud Al Ward, a gifted luth player, is sold on to a wealthy musician. A luth player himself, her new master is taken by her rare talent and beauty, and decides to give her private music lessons. Encouraged to play in public, both her talent and fame flourish. The special treatment she enjoys triggers the anger and jealousy of the master's wives. At first kind and attentive, he himself slowly becomes obsessed with Oud Al Ward, his own jealousy as well as desire, overtaking his pride at his pupil's progress with devastating consequences.
Thursday 3 December |  6.30pm

Ticket Prices: £9, conc. £7
Transes: £7, conc. £5

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