Casablanca Beats

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The Main 2 Sat, May 7, 2022 9:20 PM
The Main 2 Wed, May 11, 2022 7:10 PM
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Ticket Prices
General Public:$15.00 (+$2 online fee)
Members:$10.00 (no online fee)
Student:$8.00 (box office only)
Film Info
Original Title:Haut et fort
Programs:Images of Africa
Culture & Society
Oscar Submission
Release Year:2021
Runtime:101 min
Print Source:Kino Lorber
Director:Nabil Ayouch
Producer:Nabil Ayouch
Amine Benjelloun
Alain Cohen
Martine Cohen
Alexandra Henochsberg
Bruno Nahon
Cinematographer:Amine Messadi
Virginie Surdej
Screenwriter:Nabil Ayouch
Maryam Touzani (Collaboration)
Editor:Marie-Hélène Dozo
Julia Gregory
Yassir Hamani
Composer:Fabien Kourtzer
Mike Kourtzer
Principal Cast:Anas Basbousi
Ismail Adouab
Meriem Nekkach
Nouhaila Arif
Zineb Boujemaa
Abdelilah Basbousi
Mehdi Razzouk
Amina Kannan
Soufiane Balali
Samah Barigou
Maha Menan


Director Ayouch represented Morocco in the international feature Oscar competition for the fifth time last year with the high-energy Casablanca Beats. The action takes place at a cultural center that Ayouch co-founded in Casablanca’s sprawling shantytown Sidi Moumen. It’s the same neighborhood where the director set his 2012 feature Horses of God. He uses current and former students of the center’s dance, hip-hop and rap programs in a touching, fictional film based on their lives. Encouraged by a new teacher, a maverick rapper, the students try to break free from the weight of restrictive traditions to live their passions. Ayouch says, “These young people are full of energy and positivity. In a lively and contemporary Casablanca, far from the clichés about the Arab world, they express their desires and their hunger for freedom through hip hop. Their only weapons are their words. And they deserve to be heard everywhere.”

Director Biography

Nabil Ayouch

Nabil Ayouch is a Frano-Moroccan filmmaker whose films have appeared in festivals around the world. His credits include Mektoub (1997), Ali Zaoua: Prince of the Streets (2000), Whatever Lola Wants (2007), Horses of God (2012), Much Loved (2015), and Razzia (2017). Casablanca Beats (2021) appeared at the Cannes Film Festival.