Weaving together the stories of five diverse inhabitants of Casablanca, this intense kaleidoscopic feature explores unrest, oppression, and sexual yearning in modern Morocco.
"Moroccan director Nabil Ayouch courts controversy with this everything-is-connected drama about five characters snared by intolerance." Scott Tobias - Variety
A kindhearted school teacher, a woman married to a misogynist, a Jewish restaurant owner looking for sexual encounters, and two stories of budding youth in a turbulent country—these all encapsulate the multi-layered, intense, kaleidoscope film that is Razzia. Director Nabil Ayouch is no stranger to controversial films: his earlier work, Much Love (SIFF, 2016), was a scandalous movie that plunged viewers into the world of prostitution, causing quite a stir in his homeland. Ayouch continues with this audaciousness, creating multiple stories in Razzia that explore a modern Morocco in times of unrest, oppression, and sexual yearning. The narrative of each character overlaps at the end of the film where, at its climax, audiences finally see the anxieties and fears of Moroccan youth spill over into the streets, forming riots, violent protests, and unrestrained hooliganism. In a country that is surrounded by Islamic ideals and strict laws, coupled with increasing pressure of Western influences and modernity, Ayouch creates an intense film that asks his fellow Moroccans: Whither? Where to now after a thousand years of tradition? And where to now into the future? Sharp and brutal, Razzia pays homage to Michael Curtiz's Casablanca (1942) not just through constant references to the film, but also through defiance and contradiction, telling audiences that this is the real Morocco; this is the true Casablanca.
Currently working out of Casablanca and Paris, French director Nabil Ayouch worked on the production, direction, and screenwriting on over 25 television movies, documentaries, and films since 1992. He is also the founder of Ali n'Productions, which launches the careers of aspiring young directors, and several other groups including the Moroccan Coalitition for Cultural Diversity and the Moroccan Anti-Piracy Association.
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- Director: Nabil Ayouch
- Principal Cast: Maryam Touzani, Arieh Worthalter, Amine Ennaji, Abdelilah Rachid, Dounia Binebine, Abdellah Didane
- Premiere Status: Seattle
- Country: France, Morocco, Belgium
- Year: 2017
- Running Time: 119 minutes
- Producer: Bruno Nahon, Patrick Quinet, Nabil Ayouch
- Screenplay: Nabil Ayouch, Maryam Touzani
- Cinematographers: Virginie Surdej
- Editors: Sophie Reine, Marie-Helene Dozo
- Music: Caroline Chaspoul, Eduardo Henriquez, Guillaume Poncelet
- Awards: Official Oscar® Submission 2018 (Foreign Language Film)
- Filmography: Much Loved (2015); Horses of God (2012); My Land (2011); Whatever Lola Wants (2007); Ali Zaoua: Prince of the Streets (2000); Mektoub (1997)
- Language: Arabic, Berber, French
- Has Subtitles: Yes
- Format: DCP
- US Distributor: First Run Features
- International Sales: Playtime