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About Some Meaningless Events 無關痛癢的事件

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Filmed in the aftermath of Morocco’s political upheaval in the mid-1970s, About Some Meaningless Events is a docu-fiction set in a working-class neighbourhood of Casablanca. A group of filmmakers shoot a scene in a bar and conduct interviews in the streets, asking passers-by about their expectations of and hopes for Moroccan cinema. The plot takes an unexpected turn as the filmmakers witness a disgruntled dock worker killing his boss—an event that sparks a heated discussion on how the film should best frame the incident and, to a larger extent, the employment crisis in the country. Independently produced in 1974 by a group of painters, musicians, and poets, About Some Meaningless Events is a remarkable and energetic layering of fiction and gritty reality. At the time of its release, the film was immediately banned by government censors for its portrayal of the heightening sense of civil resistance and discontent. Considered lost for nearly four decades, it remained unseen until a negative print was rediscovered in Spain at the Filmoteca de Catalunya archives in 2016.

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    76 minutes
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    英文字幕 With English subtitles
  • Director
    穆斯塔法・達卡爾 Mostafa Derkaoui