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Filmography - African Feature Films

Titles available on DVD and streaming video as of June 2018

African Feature Films - Morocco

Titles available on DVD and streaming video as of June 2018.

Most streaming videos listed are available exclusively to AU students, staff and faculty after an online authentications by AUID#.

This is a selective list of video holdings in the American University Library. Filmographies are created by doing multiple keyword searches in the catalog to capture as many titles on a topic as possible. For complete up-to-date holdings (including VHS tapes) please refer to the library catalog (



Bastards. 2013, 1 streaming video file (83 min.).  Documents one woman's fight to have her sham marriage recognized and her daughter legitimized by the Moroccan judicial system. It is also a complex and compelling portrait of Moroccan society and its attitudes to women, female sexuality, their position in society and access to education. Through Rabha's story, the Moroccan judicial system is laid open and the contemporary issues facing Islamic women are exposed as they seek to reconcile their desire for increased independence with religious and family traditions. MOROCCO. Streaming video.

Les chevaux de Dieu. 2013, 1 videodisc (115 min.). A fictional account of the lives of the men responsible for the suicide bombings in Casablanca in 2003. Ten year-old Yachine and his thirteen-year-old brother Hamid live in the slums. Hamid works hard to support his family, but eventually gets in with the wrong crowd and goes to prison.  After years in jail, Hamid returns home an Islamic fundamentalist. He persuades Yachine and his pals to join him. Their spiritual leader trains them and one day he tells them they have been chosen to become martyrs. On May 16th 2003, they commit the deadliest act of terrorism in Morocco's history. FRANCE / BELGIUM / TUNISIA / MOROCCO.  DVD 11698.

Moolaadé. 2004, 2 videodiscs (124 min.). Set in a small village, four young girls face ritual "purification" decide to flee to the household of Collâe Ardo Gallo Sy, a strong-willed woman who has managed to shield her own teenage daughter from the mutilation. Collâe invokes the time-honored custom of moolaadâe (sanctuary) to protect the fugitives, and tension mounts as the ensuing stand-off pits Collâe against village traditionalists. This endangers the prospective marriage of her daughter to the heir-apparent to the tribal throne. SENEGAL / BURKINA FASO / MOROCCO / TUNISIA / CAMEROON / FRANCE.  DVD 3862.

Pegase = Pegasus. 2010, 1 videodisc and 1 streaming video (104 min.).  Global lens collection. "Zineb is an emotionally exhausted psychiatrist assigned to Rihana, a traumatized and pregnant young woman found in the street muttering unintelligibly about "The Lord of the Horse". A flashback sequence returns us to Rihana's childhood, where her dictatorial father, horseman chief of his tribe, raises her as the son his legacy demands. Trapped in parental delusions, Rihana falls in love with a young man with whom she carves out the beginnings of her own life. Soon, Rihana's story awakens repressed thoughts in Zineb's own troubled mind, and reality merges into a haunted fever-dream of fear and denial in this visually striking, award-winning psychological thriller."--Publisher's description. MOROCCO. DVD 11062. Streaming video.

Tinghir Jerusalem echos from the mellah. 2013. 1 streaming video file (86 min.).  Tinghir, Morocco, used to have a thriving Jewish community. By the mid-1960s though, they, along with the other 250,000 Jews of Morocco, had left for Israel. They were the targets of a successful Zionist campaign that extolled the virtues of life in Israel and encouraged emigration. Fifty years later, filmmaker Kamal Hachkar sets out to learn the history of these people that has been largely forgotten in their homeland. MOROCCO. FRANCE. Streaming video.

Transes = Trances. 1981.  1 videodisc (88 min.). A musical documentary about beloved Moroccan band Nass El Ghiwane. Referred to in the Western world as "the Rolling Stones of North Africa," the band has become an international sensation. MOROCCO. DVD 11206.