Ali Zaoua

Director: Nabil Ayouch
Country: Morocco/Tunisia
Year: 2000
Running Time: 90 min.
Language: Arabic and French


Ali and his friends, Kwita, Omar, and Boubker are Morrocan street children of Casablanca who live sniffing glue and in fear of Dibs and his gang. When Ali is killed by a recklessly thrown rock, his friends are suddenly left without their anchor. Through a tapestry woven in concrete, glass shards and a brothel, they help their fallen friend find his way to the sea.

About the Director

Nabil Ayouch

nabil_ayouchBiography: Nabil Ayouch (born April 1, 1969) is a television and film director, producer and writer of Moroccan descent. He was born in Paris, although he spent a large part of his childhood in Sarcelles, France. His father is Moroccan and his mother is of Tunisian origin. After three years of studying theatre in Paris (1987-1990), Ayouch started his career as a scriptwriter and director with the advertising agency Euro-RSCG. In 1992, he directed Les Pierres bleues du désert, a first short film with French star Jamel Debbouze. Since then he directed several films which earned him international recognition. He won the Ecumenical Award in 2000 at the Montreal World Film Festival for his film Ali Zaoua, prince de la rue. Ayouch’s film Les Chevaux de Dieu competed in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.


Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Ali Zaoua, prince de la rue (2008).

Les Pierres bleues du désert (1992);
Vendeur de silence (1994);
Hertzienne Connexion (1996);
Mektoub (1997);
Ali Zaoua, prince de la rue (2000);
Une minute de soleil en moins (2003);
Whatever Lola Wants (2007);
My Land (2011);
Les Chevaux de Dieu (2012).