The Blind Orchestra (2014)

Feature, Drama | 110 min | Morocco
Director : Mohamed MOUFTAKIR
Cast : Mouna Fettou, Majdouline Idrissi, Younes Megri, Mohamed Bastaoui, Salima Benmoumen, Fehd Benchemsi, Fedoua Taleb, Mohamed Choubi, Souad Neijar

In the early years of the reign of Hassan II, Houcine, fan of his new king, is the leader of a popular band. He lives with his wife Halima in her family home, a place of lively cohabitation, a gallery of colorful characters that cross the rhythm of life of the orchestra and its traditional dancers, the Chikhates. In this particular band, male musicians are forced to pretend to be blind in order to play in Moroccan conservative family homes at parties reserved for women.
Houcine is also Mimou’s happy father. He is very involved in his first born son’s education and wants the best for him. But Mimou will fall in love with Chama, the neighbor’s new servant. Dreams and reality confuse, Mimou cannot concentrate at school and not to disappoint his father, he decides to cheat by falsifying his report cards…

Casablanca Arab Film Festival 104

About the Director:

Mohamed Mouftakir, born in 1965, is a Moroccan director. After studying English literature, he became interested in cinema and first worked as an assistant director for several Moroccan and international directors. He has made five short films, and his first feature film, Pegase, won the Grand Prize at FESPACO African Film Festival.

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