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Morocco Swings (Marokko Swingt)
Year:  2005
Running Time:  66 minutes
Country:  Netherlands/Morocco
Genre:  Documentary
Cast:  Najat Aatabou, Sena gourdoe, SÍNA Casita, Karima Lemghari, Farna El-Kadmiri.
Showtime:   Friday, August 04, 2006 @ 07:00 PM
Director:  Barbara Den Uyl

Description:
  [Screening @ the Tiburon Film Society]

Two generations of Moroccan singers meet in Amsterdam. Najat Aatabou, a celebrated ASTRE in the whole Arab world and remarkable woman, represents the first generation. Four Dutch singers of Moroccan descent represent the second generation. They are young and gifted, but they have to all contend with getting recognition and with identity problems. In the first place the confrontation with Najat Aatabou seems worsening; but a happy ending follows.

To what extent the life repeats itself at the young Moroccan/Dutch singers? How difficult is it to live between two cultures? To what extent music an emancipatory factor is? In this swinging film the filmmaker tries to answer these questions.

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ďIíve had enough.Ē With this clandestinely recorded and illegally distributed song, Najat A‚tabou shocked the whole Morocco twenty years ago. Her parents shed tears and her brothers threatened to kill her. Najat A‚tabou fled from her birthplace, the village of Khemisset in the Central Atlas and lived in hiding for three years in Casablanca. She is now an established star throughout the Arab world and is very popular in Moroccan communities in Western countries. In May 2004, Najat A‚tabou gave a master class in Amsterdam to four young Moroccan-Dutch female singers: Sena gourdoe, SÍNA Casita, Karima Lemghari and Farna El-Kadmiri.

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