God’s Horses (Morocco: 2012)

Director

Nabil Ayouch

Cast list

Abdelhakim Rachi                   Yacine

Abdelilah Rachid                     Hamid

Hamza Souidek                       Nabil

Ahmed El Idrissi Amrani    Fouad

Badr Chakir                               Khalil

Achraf Afir                                 Yacine (as a child)

Said El-Alami                           Hamid (as a child)

Zouhair Sabri                           Nabil (as a child)

Bouchaib Saakine                   Fouad (as a child)

Othman Younouss                   Khalil (as a child)

Rabii Benjhail Tadlaoui         Zaid (as Rabii Tadlaoui)

Mohammed Taleb                   Abdu Zoubeir

Mohamed Mabrouk                 Noucier

Fatima El-Kraimy                     Yemma (Yacine’s mother)

Youness Chara                           Said

Imane Benennia                       Ghislaine

Nouhaila ben Moumou           Ghislaine (as a chid)

Abdallah Ouzzad                       Ba’Moussa

Hanane Douch                            Tamou (Nabil’s mother)

Hassan Madiaf                           Madani

Youssef ez-Zhar El-Idrissi       Pitbull

Ahmed Ayach                             Yacine’s father

Abdenbi El-Benthi                     Aziz

Azzedine Toulali                      Real

Malika Chafii                               Mi Lalla

Amal Chakir                               Halima

Ismail Laduei                             M’barek

Abdellah Tbib                             Noureddine

Mostafa Messouar                    Young Vendor

Credits

Writers:

Jamal Belmahi

Mahi Binebine (novel)

 

Producers:

Khaled Haffad (unit manager)

Nabil Ayouch

Martin Jerome (assistant producer)

Marie Kervyn (executive producer)

Pierre-Ange Le Pogam

Patrick Quinet

Stephane Quinet (executive producer)

Frantz Richard (executive producer)

Eric van Beuren

 

Cinematography: Hichame Alaouie

 

Film Editing: Damien Keyeux

 

Casting: Amine Louadni

 

Art Direction:

Hafid Amly

Hind Ghazali

 

Set Decoration: Hind Ghazali

 

Art Department: Aziz Mhand (property master)

 

Sound Department:

Eric Lesachet (sound re-recording mixer)

Vincent Mauduit (foley mixer)

Noura Mouhatta (boom operator)

Zacharie Naciri (sound/supervising sound editor)

 

Visual Effects:

Stefan Rycken (visual effects supervisor)

Makis Stergiou (compositor)

 

Camera and Electrical Department:

Sofiane Amly (assistant camera)

Thomas Wilski (assistant camera)

 

Music Department:

Mike Kourtzer (musical director)

Fanny Lamothe (music supervisor)

 

Other Crew:

Emilie Flamant (script supervisor)

Christophe Mahé (production administrator)

Synopsis

After working hard to support his family and protect his younger brother in an impoverished slum on the outskirts of Casablanca, 13-year-old Hamid gets involved with the “wrong crowd.” As a result, Hamid gets thrown into prison and comes out a changed man and an Islamic fundamentalist. He persuades his younger brother, Yacine, and childhood friends to join him in his mental and physical preparation to become a suicide bomber and Islamic martyr. Spiritually lead by Abdu Zoubeir, Hamid and Yacine, as well as other young Islamic boys, are cultivated into violent suicide bombers. This film is based on the book by Mahi Binebine and is a fictional account of the 2003 bombing in Casablanca, Morocco.

Reviews

Stephen Holden, “Where Hope is Scarce, Terrorism Takes Root: ‘Horses of God,’ Nabil Ayouch’s Film About Islamic Terrorism.” The New York Times (online newspaper)

 

Elise Nakhnikian, “Horses of God.” Slant Magazine (online magazine)

 

Nick Schager, “Horses of God Sharply Dramatizes a Real-Life Terrorist Attack.” The A.V. Club (entertainment website)

 

Academic Writing:

Horses of God directed by Nabil Ayouch (review) by Jonathan Smolin and Josef Gugler. African Studies Review, Vol. 57, No. 2 (September, 2014), pp. 234-235.

 

Becoming a Suicide Bomber: An Interview with Nabil Ayouch by Dennis West and Joan M. West. Cineaste, Vol. 39, No. 4 (Fall 2014), pp. 42-45.

 

Director Jonathan Demme Throws His Weight Behind 'Horses of God'; An Arabic-Language Film About Suicide Bombers Comes to the U.S. with the Support of Director Jonathan Demme by Tobias Grey. Wall Street Journal (Online), (May 2014).