• Will Smith in Morocco
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    Actor Will Smith Visits Moroccan Artists’ Residence

    Rabat -  Famous American actor, Will Smith, paid a visit to the artists’ residence, Al Maqam, on Thursday. Located in the village of Tahanaout, approximately 30 kilometres outside of Marrakech, Smith was joined by a staff of six for his tour.  Initially intended to be a two-hour long visit, Smith and his entourage were so...

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    20th New York Sephardic Jewish Film Festival to Feature Moroccan Jewish Communities

    By Julia Cabrera New York - The American Sephardi Federation (ASF) open its doors on March 30 for the New York Sephardic Jewish Film Festival. The week long event features the rich history of the Sephardic Jewish Community across the globe through film, with specific nights dedicated to the Moroccan, Iraqi, Greek, and Yemenite Jewish...

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  • Khaled Khateeb: Syrian Oscar Nominee Denied US Entry
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    Khaled Khateeb: Syrian Oscar Nominee Denied US Entry

    By Julia Cabrera Rabat - Syrian Cinematographer, Khaled Khateeb, was booked to travel to Los Angeles on Saturday to attend the Oscars award ceremony for his work on the film “White Helmets,” which went on to win the award for Best Documentary. The 21-year-old was revoked entry after officials found “derogatory information” about him. According...

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  • Cinema: Chinese Tanks and Soldiers Invade Rabat
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    Cinema: Chinese Tanks and Soldiers Invade Rabat

    Rabat - Chinese actors thronged Rabat’s downtown on Sunday to shoot war scenes of “Desert Storm”, a new feature film by Chinese director Dante Lam. Rabat’s inhabitants were astonished that the avenue of Mohammed VI had been turned into a battlefield deployed and fenced by military carts, tanks and artilleries. Chinese actors played the role of...

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  • Iranian Foreign Language Oscar-Winner Refuses to Attend Ceremony
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    Iranian Foreign Language Oscar-Winner Refuses to Attend Ceremony

    By Julia Cabrera Rabat - While Iranian film director and screenwriter Asghar Farhadi won the Oscar for best foreign language film Oscar on Sunday for his movie  “The Salesman”, he chose not to attend the ceremony due to the “unacceptable” conditions he would endure while obtaining an entry visa to the United States. Farhadi had...

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    Syrian Filmmaker Denied Entry to US to Attend Oscars

    Toronto - Khaled Khatib, a 24-year-old Syrian filmmaker who participated in the Oscar-nominated documentary “The White Helmets,” was denied entry to the US to attend Sunday’s Academy Awards, according to Al Jazeera. Khatib was scheduled to depart for the US from and airport in Istanbul on Saturday. At the last minute, however, US officials alleged discovering “derogatory...

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  • Obituary: Moroccan Actor Mohammed Hassan Al-Jundi Dies at 79
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    Moroccan Actor Mohammed Hassan Al-Jundi Dies at 79

    Rabat - Moroccan artist and actor, Mohammed Hassan Al-Jundi, died Sunday morning in Marrakech at the age of 79. Born in 1939 in Marrakech, Jundi held the position of president of Marrakech’s Regional Delegation of Culture from 1992 to 1999. In 1976, with Arab famous actors, Al-Jundi rose to fame following his performance to the...

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    Behind the Scenes at ‘Allied’ 1940s Casablanca

    By Alexander Jusdanis Rabat - A video released by Parade Magazine on Tuesday gives viewers a glimpse behind the scenes on the Casablanca set of the 2016 film "Allied," which begins in World War II-era Morocco. The clip shows Marion Cotillard and Brad Pitt, who play a French resistance fighter and a Canadian spy, sitting...

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  • Photo of Mexican-American Actress Salma Hayek in Morocco Goes Viral
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    Photo of Mexican-American Actress Salma Hayek in Morocco Goes Viral

    Rabat - A photo of Mexican-American film actress Salma Hayek spending her holidays in Morocco is taking photo-sharing site Instagram by storm. In the photo, Hayek, who is followed by approximately 2.6 million people on Instagram, is seen posing with a monkey carrying it on her shoulder. In the caption, Hayek gives the picture credit...

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    Marrakech to Host 1st Annual Very Short Film Festival

    By Safaa kasraoui The 1st annual Very Short Film Festival will take place in Marrakech February 22 to 25. The association of ”Friends of Theater and Cinema” will organize the event, which showcases both national and international short films, in partnership with the collective council and El Menara County council. A technical committee of cineastes...

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    Moroccan Huda Benyamina’s Film ‘Divines’ Nominated for 7 César Awards

    By Amira El Masaiti Rabat - President of the French Academy of Cinema Arts and Techniques, Alain Terzian, announced on January 25 the nomination of the Film “Divines,” for seven Cesar Awards. The film was directed by Huda Benyamina, a French director of Moroccan origin. Among its seven nominations, the directorial debut of Benyamina is...

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    Al Hoceima Hosts 8th Annual Nekor Festival

    By Safaa Kasraoui Rabat - In collaboration with the Ministry of Culture, theatre association, Thifswin, is presenting the 8th annual Nekor Festival, celebrating the theme of ‘’Al Hoceima, Capital of Mediterranean cultures,’’ January 26-29. The fourth day of the event will celebrate the culturally rich diversity of several national and international theatrical groups. This year’s...

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  • Castings of Gad El Maleh on Netflix
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    Video: Castings of Gad El Maleh on Netflix

    Rabat - French-Moroccan comedian Gad El Maleh published promotional videos of the casting sessions for his new show entitled “Gad Part Live,” on his account Instagram account. The show will be broadcast on Netflix, the streaming platform for media and video on Tuesday. El Maleh captioned the videos on Instagram saying, “To arrive on Netflix...

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  • Spirou and Fantasio Film to be Shot in Morocco
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    Spirou and Fantasio Film to be Shot in Morocco

    Casablanca — Popular Franco-Belgian comic series Spirou and Fantasio will make make its cinematic debut, with filming set to begin on January 16 in Morocco. The series, which has been running since 1938, will be the basis of a long awaited film produced by France’s Moana Films and directed by Alexandre Coffre. The story of...

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  • About Cinema, Blindness and Affection
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    Orchestra of the Blind: About Cinema, Blindness and Affection

    Rabat - Real filmmakers raise questions, create allegories, paint and dig deeply in human nature. But that doesn’t stop them from entertaining us. All is a matter of sensitivity, sincerity and mastering the craft. "The Orchestra of the Blind" did all of this. On Thursday, December 15, Al Aoula TV broadcasted Mohamed Mouftakir’s film entitled...

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  • Moroccan Film 'Grain de sable' Wins Grand Prix of Tangiers’ African Film Festival
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    Moroccan Film 'Grain de sable' Wins Grand Prix of Tangiers’ African Film Festival

    Tangier - Moroccan film "Grain de sable" by Salim El-Kadiri won, on Saturday, the Grand Prix of the 8th Tangiers’ African Film Festival. A total of thirteen films, dealing with the theme "Space/Time-Travel/Borders" and representing nine African countries, were competing in the official competition of this festival, including "L'mhjoub" by Omar Laaouina (Morocco), "Dark White"...

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  • Shah Rukh Khan Raees
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    Shah Rukh Khan to Arrive in Morocco to Complete his New Movie

    Rabat - Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan and Pakistani actress Mahira Khan are reportedly set to arrive in Morocco in the near future to resume the shooting of their next feature-length film “Raees.” The two actors will make their way to Morocco after one of Raees’ music videos in Abu Dhabi has been completed, according...

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    Houda Benyamina’s “Divines” Receives Golden Globe Nomination

    Casablanca — “Divines,” the powerful film by French-Moroccan director Houda Benyamina, has been nominated in the “Best Foreign Language Film” category at this year’s Golden Globes.  The Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film is a prestigious award given to the year’s best films in languages other than English. This year’s nominations were announced...

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  • The Moroccan Gold Eldorado
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    The Moroccan Gold Eldorado, a Myth or a Reality?

    Rabat - Recently, a conspiracy theory video about a large gold discovery in Morocco is making rounds online. The video claims that a substantial gold reserve was discovered and is being extracted by a Canadian mining company called Maya Gold and Silver. We Moroccans are very proud human beings, we love our country and cherish...

  • Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani
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    Qatar: How the Tables Are Turning in The Gulf

    Rabat - Amidst harsh sanctions and a long list of demands from its neighbors, Qatar’s ability to thrive under pressure may prove to be problematic for Saudi Arabia. As Saudi Arabia and its coalition attempt to wait out Qatar, the recent spat in the Gulf continues to become more and more global, and severely against...

  • FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2015 file photo, a plume of steam billows from the coal-fired Merrimack Station in Bow, N.H. If the nation doesn’t do more, the U.S. probably won’t quite meet the dramatic heat-trapping gas reduction goal it promised in last year’s Paris agreement to battle climate change, according to a new study. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)
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    Climate Change : If You Can’t Measure It, You Can’t Fix It

    Chefchaouen - Climate change is happening at home and around the world. Chefchaouen is doing its part by embracing clean energy climate solutions and engaging its citizens in climate action. When it comes to fighting climate change, cities and local leaders are best positioned to lead that charge. Local leaders from coastal to landlocked communities are...

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    India Orders Internal Probe into Mistaken Use of Morocco-Spain Border Picture

    Hyderabad - The Indian Ministry of Interior on Wednesday ordered an internal investigation to find out how a picture of Morocco-Spain border was used in its annual report to show floodlights along the India-Pakistan border. What is most embarrassing is that the annual report of previous years was tabled during the Budget Session of Indian...

  • Amid Growing Tension, Thousands of Moroccans Stage Pro-Rif March in Rabat
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    Neglect in Harsh Soil: The Deep Roots of the Rif Crisis

    Rabat - The ongoing protests in northern Morocco started almost eight months ago, but they have their origin in nearly a century of violent repression by the state. The Rif has, in spite of itself, got involved into a peaceful revolt since the death of the fishmonger Mohcine Fikri at the end of October 2016, a...

  • Tamim Bin Hamad al Thani emir of Qatar
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    The Qatar Crisis: What Does It Mean?

    Rabat - The recent diplomatic fallout between Qatar and the rest of the Middle East could have serious economic and geopolitical consequences across the globe. Earlier this week, Qatar’s diplomatic crisis took an extreme turn as several Arab states severed diplomatic ties with the Gulf nation.  The original list of countries in the coalition against...

  • Moroccans spend Laylat al-Qadr, the 26th day of Ramadan, at the Hassan II mosque in Casablanca.
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    Ramadan: Not just Abstinence from Daily Intakes 

    By Abdellatif Oudra Rabat - The observance of Ramadan, one of the five pillars of Islam, compels Muslims to fast from sunrise to sunset. But it is not just about abstaining from food or drink.  Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, is observed in commemoration of the revelation of Qur’an to the prophet Mohammad,...

  • Morocco Threatens to Terminate Agriculture Agreement with Europe
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    Morocco and the EU: Managing the Future

    Rabat - Morocco enjoys proximity to Europe and is at an advantage of being favoured by the European Union as a close partner on political, economic, and cultural levels. Historical archives and political legacies tie Morocco directly with at least three influential European countries: France, Spain, and England. Demography, kinship, and immigration compel other EU...

  • The Educational and Cultural Implications of the Arab Spring
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    The Educational and Cultural Implications of the Arab 'Spring'

    Rabat - In the last ten years or so, the Arab world has seen unprecedented collapses in the realms of politics and economy, among others. World NGOs regularly release area-specific rankings, in which Arab nations commonly rank at the bottom of lists in education, human rights, and income for instance while they top those of...

  • Thousands Hold Peaceful Demonstration in Memory of Mouhcine Fikri
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    Al Hoceima and the Pedagogical Exercise

    Ottawa - What makes a democracy different from non-democracy? This is the classical and historical question asked by philosophers over the centuries and deeply questioned in the discipline of political science. Democracy cannot prevent inequality as the case in the United States where inequality is the highest globally. Democracy cannot stop corruption like in Brazil...