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DDocumentary Competition

Pirates of Salé

Pirates of Salé

Director: Merieme AddouRosa Rogers
Morocco, United Kingdom, France, United Arab Emirates | Arabic, French
2014 | 78min.
Subtitles: Arabic, English
Format: DCP
Eligible for Child Protection Award
On Morocco’s old pirate coast, in the city of Salé, Cirque Shems’y sits on the edge of the poorest slums, where hundreds of teenagers come to audition each year, looking for a better future. Pirates of Salé delves fully into the transformation of four young Moroccans learning to live independently and embrace the creative drive that comes with artistic freedom. Jawad, the charismatic director, has a driving mission to develop a dynamic Moroccan performance group who can hold their own on the international stage and tasks each performer with finding new ways of interpreting their own culture and experience. Among his students is Hajar, 15, who has lived on the streets after her mother’s death. Imed is a dazzling performer who sees circus as a way to challenge corruption in Morocco. Rizlan has finally won a place in Cirque Shems’y after four years, but she’s near the age when her family want her to marry. These young performers have set themselves outside social constraints to pursue imaginative freedom. They fuse circus skills with contemporary dance and theatre to create spectacular, provocative pieces drawn from their own experiences on the city streets inspired by the city’s pirate history and Moroccan society, politics and culture. It embodies every bit of life breaking with the past and grasping for a future beyond the coast. —Mohammad Khawaja

Director,  Merieme Addou, 

Director,  Merieme Addou

Merieme Addou lives and works in Rabat as a freelance correspondent. She serves as a producer for Camino Media and has also acted as a freelance producer for ADTV, Qatar TV, Time magazine, the Financial Times, National Geographic magazine, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg and several BBC publications.

Rosa Rogers

Rosa Rogers

Rosa Rogers has directed a range of short documentaries for leading UK broadcasters including Channel 4 and the BBC. Casablanca Calling (2013), made in collaboration with Merieme Addou and Hilary Durman. is her first feature documentary, followed by Pirates of Salé.

Cast and Crew

Director
Merieme Addou, Rosa Rogers
Production Company
Redbird Productions
Sales Contact
Redbird Productions
Music
Andy Cowton
Producer
Hilary Durman, Merieme Addou
Editor
Jane Harris
Cinematographer
Rosa Rogers
Sound
Merieme Addou
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