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Casablanca Beats
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Anas, a former rapper, is employed in a cultural centre. Encouraged by their new teacher, the students will try to free themselves from the weight of traditions to live their passion and express themselves through hip hop culture.
Former rapper Anas takes a job at cultural centre in a working-class neighborhood in Casablanca. Encouraged by their new teacher, his students will try to free themselves from the weight of restrictive traditions, in order to live their passions and express themselves through hip hop… With Casablanca Beats, Nabil Ayouch penetrates the heart of the city’s cultural centres, to give a voice to young people and pay homage to these creative places that gave him so much during his adolescence. The filmmaker follows the journey of Anas, a former rapper, who joined the Sidi Moumen cultural centre – the first created by the director's foundation, in the suburbs of Casablanca. Encouraged by their new teacher, the young people try to free themselves from the weight of certain traditions in order to live their passion and discover themselves, in a society where there are threats against freedom of expression.

Nabil Ayouch

Nabil Ayouch was born on April 1st, 1969, in Paris. In 1977 Ayouch directed his first feature, Mektoub, which was the Moroccan entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards, as was Ali Zaoua (2000), which won 45 international awards. In 2012, his next feature, Horses of God, which was based on the May 2003 Casablanca bombings, screened in Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival, where it received the François Chalais Award. It was the official Moroccan submission to the 86th Academy Awards®, represented Morocco at the Golden Globes, and won 26 international awards. In May 2015 his next film, Much Loved was selected at Cannes in Directors’ Fortnight. Banned in Morocco, Much Loved was released in some 20 countries and won 12 international awards.

Directed by
Nabil Ayouch
Written by
Nabil Ayouch
Edited by
Marie-Hélène Dozo, Julia Gregory, Yassir Hamani
Amine Messadi, Virginie Surdej
Sound by
Nassim El Mounabbih
Music by
Fabien Kourtzer, Mike Kourtzer
Ismail Adouab, Nouhaila Arif, Samah Baricou, Abdelilah Basbousi, Anas Basbousi
Original title
Haut et fort
English title
Casablanca Beats
Morocco, France
Running time
101 min
Drama, Music, Dancing
Age rating
Release date
15. 12. 2022
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Media reception

The Guardian
★★★★ „Has an infectious energy that pulls us into the ever-changing worlds of its characters."
The Wrap
"Casablanca Beats argues that the power of personal expression can turn the world on its head."
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