Ali Zaoua: Prince of the Streets



Directed by: Nabil Ayouch

(98 mins) Ali, Kwita, Omar, and Boukber are a group of street urchins living on the hard streets of Casablanca. Their lives are filled with violence, begging, and indifference. The bond of friendship and family that the boys create between themselves is challenged when Ali is senselessly killed at the beginning of the film. Not wanting him to be buried in a potter’s field if they report his death to the police, the boys decide to give Ali a proper burial on the private island he often dreamed of. Ali Zaoua captures the power of dreams and presence of hope despite the harsh circumstances.

In Moroccan Arabic with English subtitles.