Ali Zaoua screened to raise awareness to Moroccan street children

A remastered version of Ali Zaoua by Nabil Ayouch is being screened in theaters 20 years after its first release. From November 12 to 27, 2022, the Moroccan movie will be shown to hundreds of kids and teenagers in the Cultural Centers Les Etoiles du Maroc in Casablanca, Marrakech, Tangier, Agadir, and Fez.

For kids who come from protection centers, orphanages, or other specialized facilities, each city will stage a unique performance.

The screenings “will provide adolescents the chance to rediscover the great film while also taking benefit of a cultural program featuring artistic workshops, round tables and discussions, and music performances,” according to a news release from the Ali Zaoua foundation.

With the intention of “not only raising awareness among the new generation about the problems of delinquency, abuse, and harassment they may face, but also encouraging them to reveal their talents and potential through arts and culture,” the event will also include renowned artists, including actress Amal Ayouch.

The initiative, created by the Ali Zaoua Foundation, Ali n’ Production, and the French Institute, aims to support children and young people facing challenging circumstances through partnerships with several organizations, including SOS Children’s Village, Darna Association, and Chifae Association, among others.

The Ali Zaoua Foundation was established in February 2009 by the filmmaker Nabil Ayouch and the painter Mahi Binebine with the intention of fostering the social growth and psycho-social rehabilitation of young Moroccans from disadvantaged backgrounds by facilitating their access to all forms of artistic expression.

According to the organization’s official website, its goal is to help young Moroccan talent in developing their ideas through educational, creative, and administrative support, especially those who come from underprivileged or challenging settings.

The movie, which was released in 2000, centers on a group of Casablanca Street children who become involved with a gang lead by Dib (Said Taghmaoui). The sufferings of young Moroccan street children are shown in the movie; they endure hardships and abuse every day.

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