Vibrant Hip Hop Musical CASABLANCA BEATS

A Vibrant and Inspirational Hip Hop Musical from director Nabil Ayouch

Director Nabil Ayouch (RazziaHorses of God) drew on his own experience opening a youth cultural center in Casablanca for this story of a former rapper named Anas who takes a job teaching hip hop in an underprivileged neighborhood.

Despite differences in identity, religion, and politics, Anas encourages his students to bond together and break free from the weight of restrictive traditions in order to follow their passion and express themselves through the arts. 

Featuring a dynamic ensemble of first-time actors, many of them students of the real-life cultural center where the film was shot, Casablanca Beats is a vibrant and inspiring coming-of-age hip hop musical with a decidedly feminist edge. Mixing intimate yet high stakes drama with infectious musical sequences, the film transports audiences to a lively and contemporary Casablanca, far from the clichés about the Arab world. 

Morocco’s official submission to the 94th Academy Awards® offers a refreshing dose of youthful inspiration alongside a powerful message about the liberating power of self-expression.

“Thrilling... a film which celebrates empowerment and the exhilarating release of finding a voice and being heard."
— Wendy Ide, Screen International
"A nonstop blitz of lyrics, language, movement and music...Casablanca Beats argues that the power of personal expression can turn the world on its head."
— Ben Croll, The Wrap


Kino Lorber is pleased to present CASABLANCA BEATS, a hip hop musical from writer/director Nabil Ayouch about a group of Moroccan students finding their voices.

Starting On:
September 16, 2022
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