Friday, February 13, 2009

YM Movie today at 1:30 pm!

Today at 1:30 pm in the library's media room, there will be a showing of the critically acclaimed 2000 Moroccan drama Ali Zaoua, Prince of the Streets. This film has won awards at film festivals all over the world, including the Grand Prize at the 2001 Cologne Mediterranean Film Festival, 2001 Ouagadougou Panafrican Film and Television Festival and the 2002 Buster International Children's Film Festival, the Bronze Horse at the 2000 Stockholm Film Festival, the Bronze Gryphon at the 2001 Giffoni Film Festival, and the Interfaith Award at the 2002 St. Louis International Film Festival.

The movie tells the story of four homeless boys living in the streets of Casablanca. They have left a gang, and live in constant fear of the gangleader's revenge. One of the boys, Ali, dreams of escaping to become a sailor--he is inspired by a fairy tale he heard as a little boy,about a sailor who discovers a miracle island with two suns. Before he can realize his dream, tragedy strikes,and it is up to his friends to find their way without him.

According to Wikipedia, some of the boys featured in the film are actually homeless youth from the streets of Morocco.

This film is presented by the Year of the Mediterranean program.

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