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Crossing the Seventh Gate

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Crossing the Seventh Gate (Al bab al sabea)

Directed by Ali Essafi

  • Morocco 2017; 80 min
  • Original version: French, Arabic
  • Genre: Documentary

  • From the director of OUR DARK 70S presented at CineGouna SpringBoard


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.



    Fatima Matousse, Ali Essafi