L'Orchestre des Aveugles (The Blinds' Band)

  • 2014
  • France / Morocco
  • 2h
  • Directed by: Mohamed Mouftakir
  • Cast: Fehd Benchemsi, Mohamed Bastaoui, Salima Benmoumen

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L'Orchestre des Aveugles has been continuously hailed as one of the best films to come out of Morocco since competing in the Marrakech International Film Festival last year. The film’s narrative is endearingly told from the perspective of Mimou who tells us about his relationship with his musician father and the dramas of living with an orchestra who depends on impersonating the blind in order to play at women only parties within the homes of Morocco’s conservative families. The film’s web of stories is set against 1970s Morocco, and the nation’s struggle between loyalists of King Hassan II and an active oppositional movement. L'Orchestre des Aveugles is a visually striking, semi-autobiographical piece of work by director Mohamed Mouftakir, telling the story of his own childhood, filled with scandal and comedy, all to the rhythm of an orchestra.

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