Tuesday, January 29, 2013

See the king on the moon by Nabil Lahlou

Written by Allal El Alaoui

                 Nabil Lahlou is a unique artist in Morocco.This is a confirmation not only from me but,and i would reckon from all nearly all critics  engaged to write about arts especially about theatre and cinema.

               My first meeting with Nabil was in 2006 at the International Film Festival in Marrakech.Nabil is talkative,smart but he is full of ideas,full of energy and will.This man could right put you  into your place when you mislead or misundestand actors and cinema-goers in Morocco.He is also a fierce fighting man for the sake of theatre and cinema.He is hoping  to see one day his country free from corruption and fraud and culture will invade minds and souls of Moroccans.In fact, Nabil's movies are mysterious to tackle touchy subjects of a developping country called  Morocco

             I was invited by him personally to see his new movie called "See the king on the moon" whose leading role is his wife Sofia.It is an interesting movie almost an epic one dealing with history of Morocco. it all begins with the 19th heroic figures until our modern times tackling also melancholia of artists and their passion and love for  theatre and movies  .I have decided to go to La Place Des pitries , a middle class area in Rabat where Nabil lives just to have a chat with him  about his film .

Monday, January 28, 2013

Django Unchained by Quentin Tarantino


                After having won the Golden Globe for his western script, Tarantino has shocked the journalists using the forbidden word in America "Negro".

             The latest film of Quentin Tarantino film, Django Unchained, is one of those things that do not leave you indifferent. For sensitive souls, attuned to the stories that celebrate the good feelings, this film may be unsustainable by the violence of some scenes. However, for seasoned moviegoers who know how to back or are a little bit familiar with film experiences such as Natural Born Killers (Oliver Stone) or Apocalyptico (Mel Gibson), Django deserves to be discovered, because in- Beyond the violence inherent in such data and in western world especially, there are all the rest, that is to say, all the other ingredients that make this film one of those who count in the film making of the genre.

             However, it will be unfair to consider this film as the best of Tarantino since Pulp fiction - with this indefinable something in addition, making an aesthetic object firmly changing.

            Django Unchained is certainly a baroque work, full of energy, and heterogeneous: from Greek mythology to the world of ancient Germanic legends, Western Spaghetti Alexander Eisenstein (see again and again the scene of the Ku Klux Klan ride) and the hell of slavery, the horrors of colonization.

          But this work is especially disturbing an object by its impurity: a work halfway between pure entertainment (series B film) and great auteur cinema, that is to say, this category of works of self-reflexive carriers a transcendent aesthetic dimension. On one hand, he self-identifies as Remake of an old Western Spaghetti by Sergio Leone, Django, considered at its output in 1966, as one of the most violent kind.

                    On the other hand, Tarantino's Django is a genre film, more than entertainment. If surprise and confusion, is that he has the stuff you love this great movie: one where we visit the past of  America, namely the horrors of the slave trade with this criticism and uncompromising look that only know to deploy the great masters of American cinema.

                 In short, a real lesson in screenwriting history, which contrasts sharply with those practiced by the old continent, particularly in some nations, the heavy colonial past, where there is this habit of visiting history to justify the horrors, often for purposes of self-congratulation.

               Finally, , Django can also be seen as conveying an unsuspected political dimension, and the receipt escapes the intentions of the authors of the screenplay. And because it is intended, rather, to the public of the south, and especially to those engaged in the process of unequal struggles against their local masters
;Django remains an attractive movie to cinema-goers and to large public . And, of these, can we see a perfect incarnation in the person of sadistic slave Calvin Candie, played by Leonardo DiCaprio.

              Tarantino is a film maker who can not miss any new movies .Since his Kill Bill , too many webloggers around the world have written to him to write a a third version of the Kill Bill series .But, Taranatino prefers to go back to the past of his country to visit its horrors  and injustices .Better yet, it's all the narrative of the film Django that unfolds gradually, as an irresistible call to freedom.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Cinébassamat illuminates Rabat this spring

written by Allal El Alaoui

              The fifth edition of the Film Festival Bassamat , which will be held from 6 to 9 April in Rabat, will be dedicated to the late Mohamed Kacimi.Kuwait will be the guest of honor of the festival with a special tribute to director Mohamed Hashimi.

                In partnership with the Kuwaiti Cinema Club and Film
Palestinian Forum in Gaza, the fifth festival Cinébassamat opens its 2013 official competition, the deadline of the films was determined by the organizers to 8 March .

             "This partnership reflects our openness to other cultures and civilizations to exchange our ideas and knowledge, and create a bridge between our respective peoples. It is also a way to discover the seventh art of Arab and International countries and seek opportunities for collaboration between our filmmakers. Our partnership is based on three axes, the exchange of films, conferences of both sides, the organization of field visits in order to know the potential of Morocco. Thus, the festival is a
strong platform enough to achieve these objectives, including the highlight film talents of our country, said Abdou Haimer, president of the festival.

            Competing short films selected by a special committee which is to meet the criteria imposed by the festival. This year, the theme dealing with visual arts will be added to the various stories of participating films, and in tribute to the famous painter, the late Mohamed Kacimi.

          "By dedicating this edition to Mohamed Kacimi, we pay tribute to this great man of the arts, poet, philosopher and fervent activist for human rights. It is recognition of the festival for everything he has done in this direction. Then, we estimate that through this choice to create a dialogue between cinema and the visual arts, knowing that many film experiments have addressed this issue. This is what encouraged us to take this step, "says the president of Cinébassamat.

       Other tributes are planned for this year, including directors Mohamed Hashim (Kuwait), Abdellah Mesbahi (Morocco) and another dedicated to Brahim Sayeh, the pioneer of dubbing in Morocco, with the organization of a conference on the same theme. "Our festival is a melting pot which can express a lot of young talents. Our goal is to contribute to the cultural and artistic landscape, through which citizen projects fall within the framework of sustainable development.

         We have done a long way starting with feature films (2008, 2009 and 2010) although wa lacked   financial resources. It is also a good choice, since it fits into our aspirations to help young people to make themselves known through their productions, "says Abdou Haimer.

Friday, January 11, 2013

The youth of Benkirane

 writen by Allal El Alaoui

                  we all agree that young people are forgotten completely in a society where egoism and marginalization are overtaken the mentalities of citizenship. No government has yet succeeded to satisfy the needs of Moroccan youth. In contrast of this evidence, Moroccan youth practices all sort of forbidden pleasures such as drugs, uncontrolled sex,”Hrig” literary meaning immigration etc. According to the youth of Morocco, these blissful elements help them to forget their extreme poverty and war so as to look for earthly heaven, and in search of a better life.

               No doubt, the need to express themselves has reshaped in a political way called already the movement of 20 of February. They think through continuous fighting that corruption and fraud should be fought hardly and that the head of state should open high horizons and opportunities to participate actively in economic and social development of Morocco. they desire to be serious and reliable partner in any project and policy affecting both their society and its movement. From this context, new era of expressing their needs has opened many paths especially the use of facebook, twitters and blogs.  These digital tools have become important to confirm their existence.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

The unity of Rabat and Salé prophecied by Ahmed Tayed Laalej in 2020


 Written by Allal El Alaoui

             Ahmed Tayeb Laalej is sealed in our memory. Morocco's favorite speaking arabic actor right after the independence  although "La maison du theatre" was controlled by French speaking people such as Taeb Saddki and its director Pierre Lucas who spearhead  Rabat Theatre house with great devotion and love .Pierre admired the talent of Tayeb and his love of theatre  .Si Ahmed as he was called by his colleagues left his job as carpenter in Fez and immigrated to Salé where he was for the first time settled and later on  he moved to Rabat where he wrote his song about Rabat and Salé .This song was sung by both slawi and rbaty people that time.

             Laaj was a man of wit and exquisincy.Not only he was a poet but he was also a dramaturge and song writer. I went to his private home in Rabat in order to interview him about the unity of Rabat and Salé int 2020 .A time of certainty of two cities that will unite  inoto one sole city ,already forseen by a Fassi artist who had certainly assured his audience  of that  remarkable year for those two cities because they will be metamorphosed into a cosmopolitan city called simply Rabat-Salé.

              Taib Laalej wrote good Arabic and loved Moliere too much that he moroconized his plays and transformed them in televison.He adapted “le malade imaginaire” by Moliere which became in Moroccan slung “Amrid bel Wahm”,Awicha" and “Lalla Abouche” that play had toured Europe performed by national theatre team that  included Safia Ziani, Mohamed Afifi,Taeb Sadiki and Khadija Jamal.These players  were  invited by the king of Belgium to play that play before him. Of course, King Hassan the second was there and they were extremely happy aboet their performance especially its translation into Arabic by Ahmed Taeb Laaj.