Casablanca Beats: Nabil Ayouch’s Moroccan Drama (Cannes 2021 Previews)

Nabil Ayouch directed Casablanca Beats (French: Haut et Fort) is a 2021 Moroccan drama film directed by Nabil Ayouch.

Anas, a former rapper, is employed in a newly founded cultural center.

Encouraged by their new teacher, the students try to free themselves from the weight of traditions so that they can live their passion and express themselves through hip hop.

Casablanca Beats is reportedly the first Moroccan film to be selected to compete for the Palme d’Or since 1962.

The film was shot at Les Etoiles de Sidi Moumen, a cultural center director Ayouch co-founded with Mahi Binebine in 2014.

Cast
Ismail Adouab as Ismail
Nouhaila Arif as Nouhaila
Samah Baricou as Samah
Abdelilah Basbousi as Abdou
Anas Basbousi as Anas