In 1897 the first filmmaker from Lumiere's studio visited Morocco. The first Morocco movies were created in 1968 almost eleven years after having received the Independence. They were both produced by the Centre Cinématographique Marocain (CCM) Conquer to Live directed by Mohamed B A Tazi and When the Dates Ripen by Abdelaziz Ramdani. Only few Morocco films were screened during 1970s. Almost all directors were under Western Europe's filmmakers influence. Some of them had studied in France (Hamid Benani, Moumen Smihi, Mustapha Derkaoui) and in Italy (Ben Barka). In 1980s when the level of government support was raised up a bigger number of Moroccan movies was produced. Mohamed Abderrahman Tazi's The Big Trip (1981) and Badis (1988) received successful foreign festival screenings. 1990s were quite productive. Hakim Noury made The Hammer and the Anvil (1990). He became the most prolific director with Stolen Childhood (1994), The Dream Thief (1995), A Simple News Item (1997) and A Woman's Fate (1998). The beginning of the 2000s brought few new names of makers of Moroccan films . In 2001, the first International Film Festival of Marrakech (FIFM) was held in Morocco.

Rating: 5.6 out of 10 (3522 votes)

The Objective

A group of Special Ops Reservists on a mission in the harsh and hostile terrain of Afghanistan find themselves lost in a Middle Eastern "Bermuda Triangle" of ancient evil.

Rating: 8.1 out of 10 (8296 votes)

The Message

Handsomely-mounted historical epic concerns the birth of the Islamic faith and the story of the prophet Mohammed -- who...    »

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