A slum on the edge of Casablanca at the turn of the millennium. A group of boys are growing up in a violent environment. With his father mentally ill, the family of 10-year old Jachine scrapes by on what his mother earns. Head of the family is 13-year old Hamid, who’s also the leader of the local gang. After years in jail, Hamid is released shortly after the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center. During his time in prison he has become a religious zealot and he persuades Jachine and his childhood friends to join the Islamists. One day, they learn that they have been chosen to be martyrs.
Les chevaux de Dieu
Morocco, France, Belgium
Abdelhakim Rachid, Abdelilah Rachid, Hamza Souidek, Ahmed El Idrissi Amrani
Nabil Ayouch, Pierre-Ange Le Pogam, Eric Van Beuren, Patrick Quinet
Hafid Amly, Hind Ghazali
Les Films du Nouveau Monde; Ali n’Productions; Stone Angels; YC Aligator; Artemis Productions