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Nabil Ayouch / Feature Narrative / N/A / 113 min / Unknown / Unknown / Unknown
Rated: Parental guidance advised for viewers under the age of 15. Individuals under the age of 15 are not admitted into cinemas unless accompanied by an individual aged 18 or over.


Inspired by the true story of a terrorist attack that took place in Casablanca in 2003, ‘God’s Horses’ is based on ‘The Stars of Sidi Moumen’ by Moroccan novelist and painter Mahi Binebine. The story follows two brothers who live in Sidi Moumen, a poor neighbourhood in Casablanca, over the course of a decade. In childhood, they seek out adventures and excitement, and have all the dreams of the future that come with youth. Eventually, however, they are lured toward extremist views and terrorism. Renowned director Nabil Ayouch filmed in a neighbourhood similar to Sidi Moumen and worked with non-professional actors from the area to capture a haunting realist feel. The film was hugely successful in its native Morocco and has won acclaim from public and critics alike; it was the only Arab film in the Un Certain Regard section at the Cannes Film Festival this year.


Nabil Ayouch

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