Should cinema entertain? Should it tackle social struggle? Crucial questions are raised in Mostafa Derkaoui’s engrossing, revelatory meta-investigation, banned upon release and tragically lost for 45 years. Now gloriously restored, this unknown yet essential masterwork can finally meet its audience.
In Casablanca, a group of filmmakers conduct discussions with people about their expectations of, and aspirations for, the emerging Moroccan national cinema. When a disgruntled worker kills his superior accidentally, their inquest shifts focus, and they begin to probe the motives of the killing.