CineMingle: Where Are You Going Moshe?
Morocco/Canada, 2007, 90 minutes
Arabic/French (English Subtitles)
Directed by Hassan Benjelloun
In the early 1960s, after Morocco's independence from France, many of the country's Jews clandestinely left for Israel. In Where Are You Going Moshe?, the Jews of the little town of Bejjad secretly plan their departure with the help of the local rabbi. Local saloon owner Mustapha panics once he learns of the Jews plans: if all the non-Muslims leave, the city bureaucrats will make him close his bar. How will he avoid such a disaster? He'll have to find one Jew to operate his watering hole. Mustapha and his son plot to keep Shlomo, an expert oud player, in town, even when his wife and daughter depart on the journey to Israel.
Moroccan-born scriptwriter, director and producer Hassan Benjelloun made his first feature film La Fete des autres in 1990. His most recent film, La chambre noire, won the grand prize at the Khouribga African Film Festival and a Silver Yennega Stallion at the Panafrican Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou.