Much Loved

Marrakech today. Noha, Randa, Soukaina, Hlima and others live a life of ‘love for sale’. They’re whores, objects of desire. Flashes of flesh. Bodies exposing themselves, getting worked up. Money flowing to the rhythms of pleasure and humiliations suffered. But full of joy and a sense of complicity, dignified and free in their kingdom of women, they overcome the violence of the Moroccan society that takes advantage of them while at the same time condemning them. [Synopsis courtesy of Directors’ Fortnight]

Horses of God

Ten year-old Yachine and his 13-year-old brother Hamid live in Sidi Moumen, an impoverished slum on the outskirts of Casablanca. Hamid, though just a child, works hard to sustain his family by any means, but eventually get involved with the “wrong crowd” and becomes one of the local neighborhood bosses. Yet, he continues to fiercely protect his brother Yachine – until the day he is thrown into prison. After years in jail, Hamid returns home a changed man: he is now an Islamic fundamentalist. Now back home, he persuades Yachine and his pals to join their brother.