Crossing the Seventh Gate

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    Crossing the Seventh Gate

    Al bab al sabea

    Directed by

    Morocco

    2017

    80 min

    • French
    • Arabic

    Documentary

    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.

    Festivals

    Credits

    Screenplay
    Ali Essafi
    Cinematography
    Hakim Belabbes
    Hassan Ouazzani
    Ali Essafi
    Editing
    Chaghig Arzoumanian
    Production
    CINEMAAT PRODUCTIONS
    Ali Essafi

    Ali Essafi

    Morocco

    Born in Morocco, Ali Essafi studied psychology in France, then entered the world of filmmaking. His works as a director include GENERAL, HERE WE ARE, THE SILENCE OF THE BEET FIELDS, OUARZAZATE MOVIE and SHIKHAT’S BLUES which have been widely screened on the international circuit. Returning to he embarked on lengthy research on the north-African film & visual archives. These have been transformed into films and. His last film CROSSING THE SEVENTH GATE was premiered at the Berlinale (Forum) in 2017.