MOROCCO / “Much Loved” banned

MuchfilmMuch Loved”, the latest film by Moroccan director Nabil Ayouch shown at the Cannes Film Festival in May, arouses strong reactions and debate. It has just been banned in Moroccan cinemas. According to a May 25th press release from the Ministry of Communications: “The Moroccan authorities have decided not to allow the screening of the feature film “Much Loved” in Morocco, as the film is a serious affront to moral values and to Moroccan women, a flagrant violation of Morocco’s image.” This decision follows “the conclusions of a team from the Centre Cinématographique Marocain (CCM) who watched the film when it was screened as part of an international festival” – even though the director has not yet applied for a screening visa from the CCM. The film shows prostitution in Morocco through the portrait of four women.

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