Casablanca Beats

Coming soon: Opens 10/14, tickets on sale 10/10
Film Info
Runtime:101
Release Year:2021
Genre:Drama
Music
Production Country:France
Morocco
Original Langauge:Amharic
Arabic
Avaric
French
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Nabil Ayouch
Cast:Ismail Adouab
Nouhaila Arif
Samah Baricou
Abdelilah Basbousi
Anas Basbousi
Screenwriter:Nabil Ayouch
Maryam Touzani

Description

Director Nabil Ayouch (Razzia, Horses of God) drew on his own experience opening a youth cultural center in Casablanca for this story of a former rapper named Anas who takes a job teaching hip hop in an underprivileged neighborhood. Despite differences in identity, religion, and politics, Anas encourages his students to bond together and break free from the weight of restrictive traditions in order to follow their passion and express themselves through the arts. Featuring a dynamic ensemble of first-time actors, many of them students of the real-life cultural center where the film was shot, CASABLANCA BEATS is a vibrant and inspiring coming-of-age hip hop musical with a decidedly feminist edge. Mixing intimate yet high stakes drama with infectious musical sequences, the film transports audiences to a lively and contemporary Casablanca, far from the clichés about the Arab world. Morocco’s official submission to the 94th Academy Awards® offers a refreshing dose of youthful inspiration alongside a powerful message about the liberating power of self-expression.