Morocco Film List

Title: RAJA (2003)  
Format: DVD
Language: Soundtrack in French and Arabic with optional English subtitles.
Run Time:  112 Min.
Description: Raja is a nineteen year old orphan literally and figuratively scarred by life. Fred is an emotionally bankrupt westerner living amid his plush gardens and palm trees. Set against the backdrop of contemporary Marrakech, Raja is a cross-cultural drama about a wealthy middle-aged Frenchman's complex relationship with local youth. Fred's attempts to seduce Raja, and their mutual attempt at manipulation, are fractured by their gross disparity of income, age and cultural sophistication.
Genre: Drama

Title: ALI ZAOUA (2003)  
Format: DVD
Language: In Arabic and French with optional English subtitles.
Run Time:  99 Min.
Description: A group of street urchins living in the hard streets of Casablanca lead lives filled with violence, begging, and indifference. Their bond of friendship and family is cut short when Ali is senselessly killed at the beginning of the film by a blow to the head by a rival gang. His friends decide not to report his death to the police, who would have the boy buried in a potter's field. Instead they decide to give him a worthy burial, to bury Ali on the private island he so often dreamed of. "Architecture of assurance" weaves interviews into the story of a young girl who one afternoon goes exploring in a suburban California neighborhood, where she is utterly convinced that the people she spies on have happier lives than she does.
Genre: Drama

Title: BEN BARKA: THE MOROCCAN EQUATION (2001)  
Format: VHS
Language: Narration in English; commentary in French and Arabic with English subtitles.
Run Time: 84 Min. 
Description: Ben Barka was the founder of the Moroccan left who went on to be one of the leaders of his country's struggle for independence. After his death, the "Ben Barka Affair" became the center of attention, while Mehdi Ben Barka was forgotten. The film combines first-hand testimony with archival records in order to trace the extraordinary development of this "Medina" child with a passion for mathematics and politics, and one of the leaders of the 1960s Third-World Movement.
Genre: Documentary

Title: MARRAKECH EXPRESS (1988)  
Format: DVD
Language: In Italian with optional Italian subtitles.
Run Time:  110 Min.
Description: Learning that a childhood friend is imprisoned on drug charges in Morocco, four old friends travel there to free him. Betrayed by the bearer of the news and unable to locate their friend, the four wander in a journey of irony, nostalgia and lost youth.
Genre: Drama

Title: THE VIRGIN DIARIES (2002)  
Format: VHS
Language: Arabic and French with English subtitles, narration in English; closed captioned.
Run Time:  56 Min.
Description: "Fatiha is on the verge of marrying the man chosen for her long ago, but her fiance's disturbing views shock her. He believes that, in the eyes of Islam, even a kiss of the hand is forbidden before marriage. So Fatiha and her friend Jessica, an American researching Moroccan family law reforms, embark on a journey through Morocco in search of answers to her questions about virginity, sex and Islam. The Virgin diaries is the story of their travels."
Genre: Documentary

Title: HOPES ON THE HORIZON (2001)  
Format: VHS
Language: In English and French and other local languages with English subtitles.
Run Time:  115 Min.
Description: Chronicles the rise of pro-democracy movements in six African countries during the 1990s: Benin: a peaceful transition from dictatorship to democracy -- Nigeria: a human rights movement challenges the military -- Rwanda: Historians build a platform for dialogue -- Morocco: Women's rights activists reform the traditional religious family code -- Mozambique: Agricultural cooperatives advocate economic reform and land rights -- South Africa: A township unites to promote quality education.
Genre: Documentary

Title: ROAD TO MOROCCO (1942)  
Format: DVD
Language: Closed captioned.
Run Time:  82 Min.
Description: The lone survivors of a Mediterranean shipwreck, our heroes find themselves in the company of Princess Shalimar, who has purchased one of the boys to be her husband, but must now face the jealousy of nasty Sheik Mullay Kassim.
Genre: Drama

Title: LUTES AND DELIGHTS (1987)  
Format: VHS
Language: Dialogue in many languages, with English subtitles.
Run Time:  26 Min.
Description: "[A] look at Morocco's traditional music ... [to] reveal the beauty and diverse influences that have shaped the nation's customs ... Combining Arab and Moroccan poetry with accents from flamenco, Abdesadek Chekara and his orchestra, famous throughout Morocco, are among the most faithful interpreters of Arab-Andalusian music."
Genre: Documentary

Title: MELODIES IN BERBERLAND: MIDDLE-ATLAS BRIDAL SONGS (1993)  
Format: VHS
Language: French narration; Berber with English subtitles.
Run Time:  26 Min.
Description: Film documents in great detail the symbolic and mythical marriage of sky and earth, the union of Taslit (bride) and Asliand (groom). Ceremony of music and dance of the Berber tribes Zayane and Ichker.
Genre: Documentary

Title: MOROCCO (1930)  
Format: VHS
Language: Closed-captioned.
Run Time:  92 Min.
Description: A cynical cabaret singer is wooed by a wealthy aristocrat but decides to follow her heart and her untrustworthy legionnaire lover in his travels across the Sahara.
Genre: Drama

Title: GNAOUAS (1989)  
Format: VHS
Language: French narration with English subtitles.
Run Time:  27 Min.
Description: Film documents the rituals, spiritual customs, music and dance of the Gnaouas, the African religious group originally brought into Morocco centuries ago. Contains footage of the slaughter of a sheep.
Genre: Documentary

Title: MALHOUNE: LA PAROLE CHANTEE (1989)  
Format: VHS
Language: In Moroccan dialect with English subtitles; credits in French.
Run Time: 26 Min.
Description: Malhoune music, lyrics, and poetry are explored through examples of the songs in performance sessions in Marrakech and Meknès.
Genre: Documentary

Title: SOME WOMEN OF MARRAKECH (2004)  
Format: VHS
Language: Chiefly in English ; some Arabic dialogue with English subtitles.
Run Time:  59 Min. 28 Sec.
Description: An overall survey of the life and conditions of Muslim women in Marrakech, Morocco, especially in light of Islamic teachings.
Genre: Documentary

Title: SAINTS AND SPIRITS (1988)  
Format: VHS
Language: In English and Arabic with English subtitles.
Run Time:  27 Min.
Description: A 1977 documentary on one group of Moroccan Muslims. Tells how they view their worship of saints and spirits as part of the wider Islamic tradition and shows them visiting shrines in Marrakech and in the Atlas Mountains.
Genre: Documentary

Title: AÏTA (1987)  
Format: VHS
Language: Dialogue in many languages, with English subtitles.
Run Time:  26 Min.
Description: "Looks at Morocco's traditional music ... [to] reveal the beauty and diverse influences which have shaped the nation's customs ... Fatna bent El Hocine is a 'cheika,' a female troubadour who travels with dancers and musicians, and performs at religious ceremonies, marriages, and circumcisions."
Genre: Documentary

Title: Le grand voyage = al-Rula al-kubrā (2002)
Format: DVD
Language: French and Arabic dialogue with optional English subtitles; closed captioned.
Run Time: 108 min.
Description: A few weeks before his college entrance exams, Réda, a young man who lives in the south of France, finds himself obligated to drive his father to Mecca. The wide cultural and generational gap between the two is worsened by their lack of communication. Réda finds it hard to accommodate his father, who demands respect for himself and his pilgrimage. From France, through Italy, Serbia, Turkey, Syria, Jordan to Saudi Arabia, the two embark on a road trip that will change their lives.
Genre: Drama

Title: Europlex (2003)
Format: VHS
Language: English, Arabic and Spanish with English subtitles
Run Time: 22 min.
Description: The fourth in Ursula Biemann’s critically acclaimed series of video essays that investigates migration across borders, Europlex, a collaboration with Angela Sanders, tracks the daily, sometimes illicit, border crossings between Morocco and Spain- a rare intersection of the first and third worlds. Paying off officials to look the other way, workers smuggle contraband across the border, sometimes crossing up to 11 times a day.
Genre: Documentary

Title: Morocco: Saharawi dreams (2002)
Format: VHS
Language: In English and various languages, with English subtitles
Run Time: 24 min.
Description: Provides an in-depth look at the Sahawari people of Western Sahara, their struggle for independence from Morocco and their dealings with the UN and international community.
Genre: Documentary

Title: Blood & sand : war in the Sahara: a report by Sharon I. Sopher (1982)
Format: VHS NTSC
Language: In English and Arabic with English subtitles
Run Time: 57 min.
Description: The film provides the first Western coverage of the war in the Western Sahara. Morocco is trying to maintain its occupation despite the opposition of local people (although many of them have fled to refugee camps in Algeria) and the disruption of the Moroccan economy. The United States has supported Morocco diplomatically and with arms sales during the Carter and Reagan administrations despite human rights concerns and the support for the Western Sahara inhabitants by many other countries.
Genre: Documentary