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Arab Film Festival - "CASABLANCA BEATS"

Hosted by the Consul of the Oslo Culture Group
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Took place 2 months ago
Fri 18 Mar 20:30 - 22:30

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About the move: The starting shot for this year's festival goes with the opening film Casablanca Beats by Nabil Ayouch.
The film was Morocco's Oscar contribution, and is an energetic and engaging depiction of a group of young people from Sidi Moumen, a suburb of Casablanca.

Former rapper Anas starts hip-hop classes at the local youth club, where he teaches them how hip-hop in the United States has been a key form of expression for marginalized groups in the fight against social injustice. Now he engages the young people to express the challenges they face in everyday life through dance and music, and take up the fight for freedom and justice in their own local environment. Casablanca Beats is a kind of Moroccan cross between 8 Mile and Fame, an energetic and engaging film, spiced with a sparkling soundtrack of local hip hop.

But do political rap and religion go together? In a neighborhood that is deeply marked by tradition and strict religious norms, young people face a number of obstacles. The film is based on true events from the local community in Sidi Moumen. As in real life, we do not get clear answers, but the film can be read as a youth's roar of change.