Loud and strong: rap, a panacea for subversion

CRITICAL – Director Nabil Ayouch once again stigmatizes the weight of traditions in Morocco. This time, his speech goes through music and dance.

Nabil Ayouch is making his competitive debut, but it is not the first time that he has planted his camera in Sidi Moumen, a poor district of Casablanca. In God’s horses, presented at Cannes in 2012 (Un certain regard), it was inspired by the journey of kids from this slum, with no future other than the paradise promised by bearded fanatics, who committed suicide attacks in Casablanca in 2003 on several sites aiming foreigners and Jews. A scene from High and loud also evokes this terrorist attack.

Although born in France, Ayouch never stops looking Morocco in the face, which does not only earn him friends. In 2015, he directed a group of prostitutes in Marrakech in Much Loved. The film, revealed at the Directors’ Fortnight, is prohibited from showing in the kingdom “For insulting morals and prejudicing the country”. Death threats against the director and his main actress, Loubnar Abidar, flood social networks.

A cappella discussions

If the music softens

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