Friday, 9/29 at St Anthony Main Theatre
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narrative / drama
103 mins / 2015
Morocco / France
Arabic and French with English subtitles
CONTENT WARNING: VIOLENCE AND SEXUALLY EXPLICIT LANGUAGE AND IMAGES
Banned in its home country, Much Loved delves into the lives of four sex workers living in Marrakech. Deserted by their families, Noha (Loubna Abidar), Randa (Asmaa Lazrak), Soukaina (Halima Karaouane), and Hima (Sara Elhamdi Elalaoui) take care of one another as they navigate a world of high-class foreign clients and corrupt police. As much as this film presents an intimate portrait of friendship and the perseverance of its vivid characters, Much Loved also tackles the sexist and moralizing attitudes that accompany this profession.
Festivals and Awards:
Cannes Film Festival, France, 2015
Toronto International Film Festival, Canada, 2015
Seattle International Film Festival, US, 2016
Nabil Ayouch works and lives in Casablanca. His first two feature films, Mektoub (1997) and Ali Zaoua (2000), represented Morocco at the Academy Awards. In 2006, he launched the Meda Films Development program with the support of the European Union and the International Film Festival Foundation of Marrakech, which aids producers and scriptwriters from southern Mediterranean countries. In 2013, his film Horses of God screened at Mizna’s 8th Twin Cities Arab Film Festival.