The Miscreants

mustapha-debout

Synopsis

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.

This award winning film will be launching Corks first African film festival at 6.30PM in St. Johns College, Sawmill Street.

Director Mohcine Besri’s 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 respective 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 trickling 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, to live in peace with dignity.

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Award List

Best first Feature, National Film Festival, Tangier, Morocco 2012
Special mention of the jury, FAMECK, France 2012
Special mention of the jury, Cinédays, festival of european films, 2012
Best Arab film, Cario international film festival, 2012
The Jury Award, Malmö Arab Film Festival 2013
The Jury Award, Oran Arab Film Fesival 2013
Best Film, Muscat international film festival, 2014
Best screeplay, Muscat internatinal film festival, 2014
Best Actor for Omar Lotfi, Muscat international film Festival, 2014

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