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Casablanca Beats

Directed by Nabil Ayouch

Release: 2021
Runtime: 101
Country: France, Morocco
Language: Arabic with English subtitles

Director Nabil Ayouch (Razzia, Horses of God) drew on his own experience opening a youth cultural center in Casablanca for this story of a former rapper named Anas who takes a job teaching hip hop in an underprivileged neighborhood. Despite differences in identity, religion, and politics, Anas encourages his students to bond together and break free from the weight of restrictive traditions in order to follow their passion and express themselves through the arts. Featuring a dynamic ensemble of first-time actors, many of them students of the real-life cultural center where the film was shot, Casablanca Beats is a vibrant and inspiring coming-of-age hip hop musical with a decidedly feminist edge. Mixing intimate yet high stakes drama with infectious musical sequences, the film transports audiences to a lively and contemporary Casablanca, far from the clichés about the Arab world. Morocco’s official submission to the 94th Academy Awards® offers a refreshing dose of youthful inspiration alongside a powerful message about the liberating power of self-expression.

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Technical Info

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Color: Color

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Venue City State Date
American Cinematheque Los Angeles 1667275200November 1 - November 4, 2022
Belcourt Theatre Nashville 1665720000October 14 - October 28, 2022
Cleveland Cinematheque Cleveland 1665115200October 7 - December 2, 2022
Dairy Arts Center Boulder 1670475600December 8 - December 11, 2022
Detroit Institute of Arts Detroit 1669352400November 25 - November 28, 2022
Grand Cinema Tacoma 1665720000October 14 - October 15, 2022
Guild Cinema Albuquerque 1664510400September 30 - October 5, 2022
IFC Center New York 1663300800September 16 - October 7, 2022
Laemmle Theatres Los Angeles 1663905600September 23 - October 21, 2022
Lake Worth Playhouse Lake Worth 1666324800October 21 - October 28, 2022
Lumiere Cinema Los Angeles 1664510400September 30 - October 15, 2022
Palm Theatre San Luis Obispo 1665720000October 14 - October 28, 2022
Railroad Square Cinema Waterville 1663905600September 23 - October 14, 2022
Rose Theatre Port Townsend 1664510400September 30 - October 14, 2022
Sag Harbor Cinema Sag Harbor 1665720000October 14 - October 22, 2022
The Nightlight Cinema Akron 1666324800October 21 - November 4, 2022
Zeitgeist Theatre Arabi 1664510400September 30 - October 21, 2022