Alyam, Alyam

Morocco | 1978 | 80 minutes | Ahmed El Maanouni

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Following his father's death, Abdelwahad is expected to provide for his mother and his seven brothers. But faced with the cycle of poverty that rural farmers seem doomed to repeat, he dares to hope for something better. Restoration by The Film Foundation's World Cinema Project.

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Following his father's death, young Abdelwahad is expected to take his place as head of the family. This role is especially crucial as he has a mother and seven brothers to provide for. But faced with the cycle of poverty that rural farmers seem doomed to repeat, he dares to hope for something better-he applies for papers that would allow him to live and work France, a country that he imagines offers more opportunities than his own. As he waits to receive them, he dreams of earning enough money to return home and establish his own business. His more traditional and practical mother, however, disapproves of Abdelwahad's plan and tries to talk him out of it. Meanwhile, rural life continues, with its slow pace, hard work, and long days. Director Ahmed El Maanouni captures both the harsh reality and the nobility of the land and its people in this exquisite blend of fiction and poetic documentary, the first Moroccan film ever to play in the Cannes Film Festival.

Director Biography

Director David Constantin co-founded Ile Courts, the first film festival in Mauritius. He raises awareness about island issues through Ahmed El Maanoini was born in Casablanca and has worked as both a cinematographer and a film director since the mid 1970s. Alyam, Alyam was his first feature film and is considered a crucial piece of Moroccan cinema, as it was the first Moroccan film to be selected for Cannes. In 2007 Martin Scorsese presented his film, Trances at the 2007 Cannes Festival to inaugurate the World Cinema Foundation.

  • Director: Ahmed El Maanouni
  • Principal Cast: Ben Brahim
  • Country: Morocco
  • Year: 1978
  • Running Time: 80 minutes
  • Producer: Ahmed El Maanouni
  • Screenplay: Ahmed El Maanouni
  • Cinematographers: Ahmed El Maanouni
  • Editors: Martine Chicot, Emile Caporal
  • Music: Nass El Ghiwane
  • Filmography: Burned Hearts (2007), Morcocan Goumiers (Doc, 1993), Trances (Doc, 1981)
  • Language: Arabic
  • Has Subtitles: Yes