PFF SpringFest: CASABLANCA BEATS
NABIL AYOUCH | MOROCCO, FRANCE | 2021 | 101 MIN | ARABIC
An audience favorite at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival, this buoyant drama follows former rapper Anas (Anas Basbousi) as he begins a new job at a cultural center in a rough Casablanca neighborhood and sets about teaching his teenage pupils about the transformative power of hip-hop. Though Anas’s students face difficult home lives and struggle to express themselves in a restrictive society, they begin to find their voices in stirring, autobiographical verses. French-Moroccan auteur Nabil Ayouch (MUCH LOVED, PFF24) drew on his own experiences of opening a youth center to craft the narrative of CASABLANCA BEATS, and cast mainly non-actors in roles that feel suffused with the vividness of lived experience.
Cast: Ismail Adouab, Anas Basbousi, Nouhaila Arif, Zineb Boujemaa
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May 13 – 15 at the Philadelphia Film Center
With PFF SpringFest, the Philadelphia Film Society presents a mid-year survey of the freshest cinematic marvels from the international festival circuit–from American indie darlings and eye-opening documentaries to acclaimed foreign titles.
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