28.02.2013 18.Adar. 5773
Islamists protest film's screening, describing it as 'Zionist propaganda', but filmmaker says movie tells the story of a 'forgotten part of Morocco's history', one he hopes will 'defend the plurality of Moroccan … identity'.
But Hachkar was not expelled from the artists' union, nor was his film banned, and he wasn't ostracized from Morocco's intellectual class, as has happened in similar cases in Egypt and elsewhere. Instead, directors and actors circulated a petition of support, and his film went on to win best work by a new director at the festival….