Friday, February 08, 2013

Islamists protest 'normalising' Tinghir film

 The Roxy cinema in Tangiers

 More demonstrations against 'normalisation' in Moroccan art, according to this JTA report posted in Haaretz. In fact Kamal Hachkar's film is a nostalgic work lamenting the 'exile' to Israel of Berber Jews from the Atlas mountains (with thanks: Lily):

 Some 200 demonstrators gathered outside a theater in Morocco to protest the screening of a film about Jewish immigration to Israel.

The demonstrators in front of the Roxy Cinema in Tangier on Sunday were mostly Islamists, according to the French daily Liberation, and were protesting the film “Tinghir-Jerusalem: Echoes of the Mellah” by the French-Moroccan producer Kamal Hachkar. The film tells the story of the Jews of a small Berber village in Morocco and their departure for Israel during the 1950s and 1960s.

Here is the entire 53-minute documentary, in French

The protesters shouted slogans against “normalization” with Israel and Zionism.

Morocco’s minister of communications, Mustapha Khalfi, who also is the spokesman for the ruling Justice and Development Party, declined to comment on the protest, but Tangier Mayor Fouad El Omari said at a ceremony before the screening that “censorship is a real danger for art, especially when it is based on a narrow-minded ideology,” according to Ya Biladi, a Moroccan news site.

Read article in full 

Moroccan film-maker accused of Zionism 

Film shows that Berber Jews are 'in exile' 

The King and I: review of Tinghir-Jerusalem: Echose of the Mellah

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