In collaboration with the British Council in Morocco, the British Society of Middle Eastern Studies, and the Duke of York cinema, we’re proud to present Hicham Lasri's politically charged ‘They Are the Dogs’, which showcases the very best of recent Moroccan film making. The screening will take place at 11.00 on Sunday 15 June.
*They Are the Dogs*, Lasri's second film, is a tragic fable set in Casablanca past and present. The film begins with three members of a television crew as they set off to report on social movements in Morocco. Intrigued by the strange mannerisms of an old man called Majhoul, the presenter, cameraman and intern decide to focus their report on him. Then, as they follow him through the backstreets of urban Casablanca, the film crew discover the story of a man who has just been released from prison 30 years after a police raid during Morocco's 1981 food riots, and who is completely lost in a modern Morocco in the midst of the Arab Spring.
Shot camera on shoulder over several weeks in the streets of Casablanca, *They Are the Dogs* is a provocative journey into contemporary Morocco that confronts questions of amnesia and political transformation right across the contemporary Arab world. Winner at the 2013 Dubai International Film Festival, this is first screening of *They Are the Dogs* in Britain.
Born in Casablanca in 1977, Hicham Lasri is part of a new wave of politically engaged Moroccan film directors. The screening will be followed by a question and answer session with Professor Martin Evans (Sussex University) and Dr Jamal Bahmad (Philipps University of Marburg).
Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies
Philipps University of Marburg
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