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An exhibition in Marrakech reveals seventy years of Moroccan cinema history

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Seventy years of Moroccan cinema history are revealed through an unprecedented exhibition which takes place from October 23, 2021 to January 15, 2022 at 18, Derb El Ferrane.

“All countries that no longer have legends will be condemned to freeze to death” is an exhibition dedicated to the life and work of the Bouanani family and their pioneering contributions to Moroccan cinema and the conservation of popular cultural heritage.

Organized by the Bouanani Archives collective in collaboration with the AWAL project, the exhibition is held from October 23, 2021 to January 15, 2022 at 18, Derb El Ferrane. The exhibition will also be accompanied by a series of screenings, discussions, workshops and performances. Among these, a special 35 mm screening of the film “Adieu Forain – Bye Bye Souirty” (1998) by Daoud Aoulad Syad, discussions with critics and researchers such as Ahmed Boughaba and Safaa Bendhiba and a series of performances by Kabareh Sheikhats borrowing Saoudi’s costumes and adapting soundtracks from Bouanani films.

While most of the events will take place at 18, Derb El Ferrane, others will take place at the École Supérieure des Arts Visuels (ÉSAV Marrakech) in partnership with ”ÉSAV DocLab“, a student film club dedicated to documentary cinema, as well as at the French Institute. Although initiated in Marrakech, this program and exhibition is part of a larger program that will take place across the country, including a second exhibition which will open on November 5 at Kulte, Gallery & Editions in Rabat.