Cultural Partner

Principal Partner



Film Funding

All Projects

Before the Dying of the Light

Spring Grant 2013 - Production Stage
Current project status: COMPLETED

Abdelali Essafi / Feature Documentary / Morocco, Qatar / 2014 / 75 min / Colour and B&W / Original Language: Arabic / Interests: Based on a True Story, Violence

Synopsis

The seventies were the last Moroccan period in which struggles and dreams for change were a reality. Also known as “Years of Lead” due to the violent repression that came along, this was the most important artistic and cultural period which shaped the first generation of Moroccan post-colonial artists. Through a socio-political approach “Before the Dying of the Light” exhumes archives of great creativity, this atmosphere of revolt had succeeded in setting free and which had long been censored or marginalized.

Credits

Director
Ali Essafi
Screenwriter
Ali Essafi
Producer
Ali Essafi

About the Director

Born in Morocco, Ali Essafi pursued a documentary filmmaking career after studying psychology in France. His works as a director include "General, Here We Are", "The Silence of the Beet Fields", "Ouarzazate Movie" and "Shikhat’s Blues" which have been widely screened in international film circuits. After returning to Morocco, he embarked on a lengthy research on North-African film & visual archives leading to installations and new films as “Crossing the Seventh Gate” which premiered at the Berlinale, Forum, in 2017 as well as “Before the Dying of the Light” in 2020.

Production Company Profile

Cinemaat Prod was created in 2006 by Ali Essafi and Hakim Belabbes, two directors with a common background in non-fiction film production and an interest in the preservation of memory. Cinemaat was created to address the lack of production structures that support research into new cinematic languages in Morocco. This structure allows us to produce our own projects, and also serves as a platform for young artists in training and production to realise their early works.

Awards and Festival History


Awards

Best Documentary, Tangier FF 2020 (WP)

Contacts

  • Main Contact

    Ali Essafi

    Company: 
    Cinemaat Production
    Phone: 
    +212600598751
    Email: 
    a.essafi@gmail.com

  • Main Contact

    Abdelali Essafi

    Company: 
    Cinemaat Production
    Phone: 
    +212600598751
    Email: 
    a.essafi@gmail.com

Questions regarding this project?

Contact

blog comments powered by Disqus