Beyond Casablanca

Beyond Casablanca

M. A. Tazi and the Adventure of Moroccan Cinema
Kevin Dwyer
Distribution: Egypt, Algeria, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Iraq, Iran (Islamic Rep.), Yemen, Jordan, Qatar, Kuwa
Publication date: 11/25/2004
Format: Paperback 33 b&w photos
ISBN: 978-0-253-21719-6
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In Beyond Casablanca, Kevin Dwyer explores the problems of creativity in the Arab and African world, focusing on Moroccan cinema and one of its key figures, filmmaker M. A. Tazi. Dwyer develops three themes simultaneously: the filmmaker’s career and films; filmmaking in postcolonial Morocco; and the relationship between Moroccan cinema, Third World and Arab cinema, and the global film industry. This compelling discussion of Moroccan cinema is founded upon decades of anthropological research in Morocco, most recently on the Moroccan film sector and the global film industry, and exhibits a sensitivity to the cultural, political, social, and economic context of creative activity. The book centers on a series of interviews conducted with Tazi, whose career provides a rich commentary on the world of Moroccan cinema and on Moroccan cinema in the world. The interviews are framed, variously, by presentations of Moroccan history, society, and culture; the role of foreign filmmakers in Morocco; thematic discussions of cinematic issues (such as narrative techniques, the use of symbols, film as an expression of identity, and problems of censorship); and the global context of Third World filmmaking.

Author Bio

Kevin Dwyer is Professor of Anthropology at the American University in Cairo. He is author of Moroccan Dialogues: Anthropology in Question and Arab Voices: The Human Rights Debate in the Middle East. He lives in Cairo.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Third World, Many Worlds
1. The Most Successful Moroccan Film Ever
Interlude: Film's Power and Function
2. Building the National Cinema, Building a Career
Interlude: A First Feature-The Big Trip (1981)
3. Huston, Wise, Coppola, Camus… and Pasolini, Scorsese… and Some Others
4. Badis (1989)
Interlude: How to Tell a Story-Narrative and Symbols
5. The Other Side of the Wind, Almost
Interlude: Lalla Hobby-The Film
6. Reflections and Projections
Conclusion: Future Flights of the Bumblebee