"Ali Zaoua" (Morocco), 2000, 95 mins.
Ali, Kwita, Omar, and Boubker are a group of street urchins living on the hard streets of Casablanca. Their everyday lives are filled with violence, begging, and indifference. In order to survive they create a bond of friendship and family between them. The bond is cut short when Ali is senselessly killed by a rival gang. Ali's friends decide not to report his death to the police, who would have the boy buried in a potter's field. Instead they decide to give him a worthy burial, to bury Ali on the private island he so often dreamed. Ali Zaoua captures the power of dreams and presence of hope in the harshest of circumstances. A film by Nabil Ayouch, starring Mounim Kbab, Mustapha Hansali, Hicham Moussoune, Abdelhak Zhayra, Said Taghmaoui, Amal Ayouch, Mohamed Majd, Hicham Ibrahimi, Khalil Essaadi.
This is part of the 2013 Middle East Film Festival.