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God's Horses (2014)



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These are street kids from poor families where everyday violence, mental illness, corruption, and dope-dealing compete with fantasies of escaping to Western Europe to earn scads of money or dreams of making it as a professional soccer player. They are subject to the lure of religious fanatics who blame their misfortune on "the imperialist Zionist conspiracy" and offer a "community of new brothers" to those who will submit to the discipline of martyrdom. Nabil Ayouch's deeply moving film has been lauded for its "brutal poetry" and the realism with which it depicts how insidiously and cynically fundamentalists ply their trade. The film was presented as part of Un Certain Regard at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. (c) Film Forum
Art House & International , Drama
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Anyone seeking to establish an incubator for suicide bombers could hardly improve on Sidi Moumen, a slum on the fringe of Casablanca.

Full Review… | May 15, 2014
Top Critic

"Horses of God" is one of the most forceful entries in a growing body of cinema that interrogates the causes and effects of terrorism, nationalism and fundamentalism in the Arab world.

Full Review… | May 15, 2014
Top Critic

Director Nabil Ayouch does a remarkable job of putting you inside this brutal world, from the garbage dumps that serve as playgrounds to soaring aerial shots of the endless tin roofs that form their neighborhood.

Full Review… | May 14, 2014
New York Post
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Ayouch film casts a sharp gaze on tragedy, and the larger socio-economic issues that beget fanaticism.

Full Review… | May 14, 2014
AV Club
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A compelling contemplation of the roots of Islamic terrorism in poverty and hopelessness.

Full Review… | May 13, 2014
New York Times
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Ayouch depicts the sprawling, ramshackle Sidi Moumen slums with fluid camera movements, some of which ascend unexpectedly from street level to the rooftops, the apparent result of cameras on remote-controlled aircraft.

Full Review… | May 13, 2014
Village Voice
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A remarkably quiet, subtle film about the personal and economic roots of Islamic radicalism. It's a little slow, but if you have the patience there's plenty to be found.

Anthony Bencivengo
Anthony Bencivengo

10/28/14. Netflix Another movie from the perspective of the poor people in the Middle East, similar to Paradise now. This is a gritty look at how poverty, lack of opportunity and fundamentalism can create the suicide bombers. Some believe and carry out their destiny and others try and change their minds to try and continue living. I really enjoy these looks at a different world.

Nick Ueber
Nick Ueber

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