- Ali Zaoua
name = Ali Zaoua
Etienne Comar Jean Cottin Antoine Voituriez
Nabil Ayouch Nathalie Saugeon
Mounim Kbab Abdelhak Zhayra Hicham Moussoune Amal Ayouch Mustapha Hansali
Renaat Lambeets Vincent Mathias
Arab Film Distribution( USA)
September 8 2000
runtime = 90 mins.
country = flagicon|Morocco
language = Arabic, French
amg_id = 1:220863
imdb_id = 0260688
"Ali Zaoua: Prince of the Streets" is a 2000 Moroccan crime drama film that tells the story of some homeless boys. It was awarded in the 2000
Stockholm Film Festivaland in the 2000 Amiens International Film Festival.
Kwita (Mounim Kbab), Omar (Mustapha Hansali) and Boubker (Hicham Moussoune) are distraught that gang members have killed Ali Zaoua (Abdelhak Zhayra), and they vow to bury him "like a prince." Kwita is the boy who masterminds the idea, but his resolve doesn't always match his courage, so it's Omar who works his way into Ali's old house, where Ali's mother (Amal Ayouch) works as a prostitute. Just finished with a customer, she says that Ali lied when he claimed she'd wanted "to sell his eyes" for profit. More truths are revealed, which help explain Ali's obsession with becoming a sailor and living on an island far from Casablanca.
Before the trio's quest is over, Kwita meets a girl he falls for and visits a cemetery where his lack of religious training ("I went to a mosque once") is criticized; Omar briefly returns to his former gang, which instigated Ali's murder; and Boubker -- the smallest and most vulnerable of the three -- threatens to kill himself but recovers his sense of self and helps an old fisherman (Mohamed Majd) on his boat.
* Some of the boys starring in the film are actually real homeless boys.
* Bronze Horse, 2000
Stockholm Film Festival
* Audience Award, 2000
Amiens International Film Festival
* [http://www.cinemotions.com/modules/Films/fiche/286/Ali-Zaoua-Prince-de-la-Rue.html Official film link]
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