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Amin Zouiten

Qirat is loosely based around an oral family anecdote of a robbery that took place in the lush valley of Fez in northern Morocco during the 1980s. In the film, the events have been transposed to Ouarzazate, located on the edge of the Sahara Desert in central Morocco. Here the anecdote is reconstructed freely, over the course of a single Friday, shot solely during dawn, dusk and finally night.

Akin to the storytelling tradition of the Al-Halqa, which weaves together the fantastic and factual, the anecdote acts as a compass through Ouarzazate’s life and its history. From the Atlas Mountains into the city center, the anecdote connects the place’s history as a former film mecca for Hollywood, to its present as home to one of the world’s largest solar power plants.

Keywords Characters, Drama, Sound, Landscape
Aspect ratio 2.39:1
Prod. format
Duration 00:13:05
Language Arabic
Color Color
Sound Dolby Surround 5.1 & Stereo
Year 2024
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About the artist

Amin Zouiten

Amin Zouiten is a Swedish-Moroccan filmmaker and artist educated at Malmö Academy of Arts and the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. His works and films have been shown at Malmö Konsthall, Gothenburg Film Festival, Skåne Konstförening, Rencontres Paris/Berlin, Oberhausen International Short Film Festival, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, CPH:DOX and Tempo Documentary Festival.

Photo credit: Victoria Wocalewski