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The Miscreants

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Mohcine Besri's feature film debut examines the fault lines between secular and Islamist factions of Moroccan society, intent on revealing commonalities rather than pushing conflict.
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2011 / Morocco89 min/ Drama
Original Title
Les Mécréants
Following the orders of their leader, three young Islamists abduct a bunch of actors who are promoting their latest work. However, things don’t go as planned and the Islamists find themselves trapped in a 7-day no exit experience with the actors. An experience that will change their lives all.
Jamila El Haouni
Maria Lalouaz
Omar Lotfi
Amine Ennaji
Abdenbi El BeniOUi
Aïssam Bouali
Rabii Benjhail
Mostapha El Houari
Screenwriter: Mochine Besri
DOP: Pascal Montjovent
Editor: Naima Bachiri
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Production Company(ies)
Akka Films
Fusion Films
Tamawayt Productions
Michaël Rouzeau
Nicolas Wadimoff
film festivals
film festivals Film Fest Hamburg, Germany
film festivals Sao Paulo International Film Festival, Brazil
film festivals Göteborg International Film Festival, Sweden
film festivals Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, Estonia
film festivals Abu Dhabi Film Festival, the UAE
film festivals CINEDAYS Festival of European Film, Macedonia
film festivals Festival National du film, Tangier, Morocco
film festivals Les Journées de Soleure, Switzerland
film festivals Osian's Cinefan Film Festival, India
film festivals Arab Camera Festival Rotterdam, the Netherlands
film festivals Middle Eastern Film Festival, São Paulo, Brazil
film festivals Karama Human Rights Film Festival, Jordan
film festivals Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Czech Republic
film awards
film awards Best First Feature Film Award at the National Film Festival, Morocco
Special Mention of the Jury at the Festival du Film Arabe de Fameck
Special Mention of the Jury at the Festival of European Films (Cinédays)
Best Arab Film Award at the Cairo international Film Festival
Jury Award at the Malmö Arab Film Festival
Jury Award at the Oran Arab Film Festival
Best Film and Best Screenplay awards,abd Best Actor Award for Omar Lotfi at the Muscat international Film Festival
“The film depicts a part of the world we rarely see while tackling very timely themes.” The Hollywood Reporter - Stephen Farber