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Title:

LES MÉCRÉANTS

Title German:DIE UNGLÄUBIGEN
Title English:THE MISCREANTS
Country:Schweiz; Marokko 2011
Format:Blue-ray
Colour:Colour
Language:OF arab. m. dt. UT
Length:88 Minutes
Film series:Jenseits von Europa XII


Director :Besri, Mohcine
Screenplay:Besri, Mohcine
Cinematography:Montjovent, Pascal
Editing:Bachiri, Naima
Sound:Hafner, Gabriel
  
Cast:Benjhaile, Rabii
 Bouali, Aïssam
 El Beniwi, Abdenbi
 El Haouni, Jamila
 El Houari, Mustapha
 Ennaji, Amine
 Lalouaz, Maria
 Lotfi, Omar
Producer:Rouzeau, Michaël
 Wadimoff, Nicolas
Production company:Akka Films
 Tamawayt Productions



Storyline



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On the order of their spiritual leader, three young Islamists kidnap a group of actors who are about to go on tour with their latest show. When the kidnappers arrive at the place of detention, they find themselves cut off from their base. Ensues a 7-day no exit situation, in which both sides are forced to live together, confront each other and challenge their mutual prejudices.
Director Mohcine Besri says, „On the one side men who can’t stand their daily conditions and the absence of a better future’s perspective, lost within Morocco, a country in total upheaval trying to embrace modernity, shutting themselves of in religious obscurantism. On the other side men and women, from respective backgrounds, bearing the same lot, fighting the same corruption. Their cultural activism is not more efficient than the former´s religious extremism. These two sides don’t usually get to truly meet,  their respective prejudice against their opponents preventing each to see the human being under the long beard or the mini-skirt. With seven days of forced proximity, certainty invariably leads to doubts.“


Comment


Directors Statement

On the one side ...  men who can’t stand their daily conditions and the absence of a better future’s perspective, lost within Morocco, a country in total upheaval trying to embrace modernity; that modernity they refuse and oppose vehemently, shutting themselves off in religious obscurantism.
On the other side ...  men and women, from re -spective backgrounds, bearing the same lot, fighting the same corruption, but to whom modernity is neither a gadget, nor a political tagline. Taking advantage of the glimpse of freedom trick-ling from the country’s changes, their cultural activism is not more efficient than the former’s religious extremism, but by acting openly, it is (nevertheless) beneficial.
These two sides don’t usually get to truly meet, their respective prejudice against their opponents preventing each to see the human being under the long beard or the mini-skirt. The Miscreants proposes such a meeting; with seven days of forced proximity, certainty invariably leads to doubts, because they are each unique human beings, and mostly because their common denominator outweighs their differences.
The Miscreants offers an inventory on the eve of a certain Arabic Spring, which to me is only a logical follow-up, in countries where people, like everywhere else, only aspire to one single thing, live in peace with dignity.

  • Filmstill "Les Mécréants"
  • Filmstill "Les Mécréants"