HAF’s NYC team is hard at work putting together a series of networking, fundraising, and outreach events for the coming months. Their goal is to connect HAF fans and supporters to Morocco related cultural and artistic events already happening in NYC, as well as create our own inspirational gatherings to inform you of HAF’s latest projects and how you can get involved. We will keep you updated as plans unfold, and in the meantime thought to share with you this film being shown this weekend in NYC.
Ordinary Boys, directed by Daniel Hernandez, is part of the New Directors New Films series and gives a snapshot of the contemporary struggles facing Morocco’s youth.
In the small Moroccan village that was home to many of those responsible for Spain’s 2004 terrorist attacks, two young men and a young woman struggle to make ends meet. Although Rabia studied law, her only work option is as a seamstress, a job which she hopes to parlay into owning her own shop. Khader is an aspiring actor who pals around with Youseff, a small-time crook with a bum leg and a missing brother. While they try to figure out ways to get some cash, Youseff searches for clues to his brother’s whereabouts. Documentary filmmaker Daniel Hernandez’s slice-of-life drama paints a portrait of regular people with simple desires and examines how the specter of infamy casts a pall over simple dreams and aspirations.
We hope you’ll have time to see the film, and please leave a comment to let us know what you thought of it!