Ajyal Film Festival 2024

All Films

The Mosque (A Jamaa)

Arab Film Competition

للترجمة العربية اضغط على

Daoud Aoulad-Syad / Feature Narrative / Morocco, France / 2010 / 85 min / Color / 35 mm
In Arabic, Berber / English, Arabic subtitles
Interests: Drama, Religion, Social Issues
Middle East Premiere


Director Daoud Aoulad-Syad's previous film, "Waiting for Pasolini," literally has just wrapped in a small Moroccan village and, although the village's citizens have destroyed all the other sets, the film's faux mosque remains intact. At first, this seems fairly fortuitous for the town since it has become a local place of worship and a draw for tourism. However, it is bad news for Moha (Abdelhadi Touhrach), one of the film's extras who farmed the land to feed his family before renting it to the producers. Frustrated by conflicting opinions and misunderstandings, yet not about to back down, Moha goes on a mission to find someone to see the situation his way . Director Aoulad-Syad plays wonderfully with the concept of a film inside a film, and constructs a humorous but insightful look at movie-making, politics and religion.

About the Directors

Daoud Aoulad-Syad
Born in 1953 in Marrakech, Morocco, Aoulad-Syad has directed such films as "Bye-Bye Sourity," "The Wind Horse," and "Tarfaya," among others. His 2007 Moroccan comedy "Waiting For Pasolini" won the prize for Best Arabic Film at the Cairo International Film Festival, and serves as the prelude for his latest effort, "The Mosque."


Daoud Aoulad-Syad
Daoud Aoulad-Syad
Cecile Rubrecht
Director of Photography
Thierry Lebigre
Le groupe Aquallal/Zagora
Abdelhadi Touhrach, Bouchra Hraich, Mustapha Tahtah, Naceur Oujri, Salem Dabella

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