Wed 24 Apr / + Talk

Horses of God

Cert. tbc

Special Screenings

Les Chevaux de Dieu

115 mins

in Moroccan Arab with English subtitles

Morocco | 2012 | col | dir. Nabil Ayouch, with Abdelhakim Rachid, Abdelilah Rachid, Hamza Souidek, Ahmed El Idrissi Amrani

What could compel two ordinary, football-loving brothers to become part of a cell of suicide bombers? That is one question – among others – that Moroccan filmmaker Nabil Ayouch dares to ask in Horses of God, a thoughtful, masterfully controlled adaptation of Mahi Binebine’s novel. Inspired by the real-life 2003 terrorist attacks in Casablanca, Ayouch’s film follows two brothers over the course of a decade. Rather than opt for dry didacticism, however, Ayouch fashions a visually sumptuous and often breathless coming-of-age story that is reminiscent, at times, of Fernando Meirelles’ City of God, albeit with a tragic twist in the tale.

Film + talk: £12, conc. £10

Followed by a talk with Moroccan writer and artist Mahi Binebine, author of the novel Horses of God which inspired the film. Chaired by writer and curator Omar Kholeif.


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