A young generation takes centre stage in Nabil Ayouch's brash and bold Casablanca Beats, an exhilarating portrait of aspiring hip-hop artists which played in competition at Cannes.
Teacher Anas (Anas Basbousi) has recently arrived at an arts centre in the troubled Casablanca neighbourhood of Sidi Moumen. He has already alienated himself from the faculty with his rebellious streak. But it’s his unwillingness to compromise that finds him drawn into a close-knit group of students. Encouraging them to open their minds and speak their truths, his students are given free rein to discuss topics of religion, politics and sexuality. There are clashes between tradition and a generation desperate to break away from it, as well as female students unwilling to accept the patriarchy rife in their society. In the process, they throw off the weight of tradition and begin to express themselves sincerely and authentically through their art.