Saturday, February 23, 2008

Hamid Basket cries against poverty at Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival

On the 30th Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival,there was a strong Arab presence in this French town and among participants of filmmamkers is Hamid Basket, a Moroccan actor-director who has presented his film- Le Dernier Cri .

Hamid Basket showed a similarly distinguished film also set in a poor urban neighbourhood. In his film Le Dernier Cri, he tells the story of a child who discovers that his mother is cheating on his father with a neighbour and the child's gradual realisation that in the poverty-stricken Moroccan city neighbourhood in which he lives moral values are often discarded as options narrow. Though still conducting an affair, we see the wife taking money from her lover in order to buy food for her sick husband, her eight- year-old son being left to try to understand what all this means.

Al-Ahram Weekly