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Al bab al sabea
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Al bab al sabea

Crossing the Seventh Gate

Ali Essafi

2017 / Morocco / 80 min

i Wednesday 29 March 17H50 Petite Salle
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French original Version Subtitled in English + DEBATE

i Sunday 02 April 18H40 Cinéma 2
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French original Version Subtitled in English

La Septième Porte is the title of a 300-page film-history work dedicated to Moroccan cinema between 1907 and 1986. It was written by Ahmed Bouanani (1938–2011) by hand over many years, but never published. Ali Essafi visited Bouanani three years before his death. Film excerpts, interviews and other documents delineate the artistic universe of a poet, filmmaker and essayist whose independence and integrity remained unsullied until the end.