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by Nabil Ayouch


Yachine is 10 years old, he lives with his family in the slum of Sidi Moumen in Casablanca. His mother, Yemma, leads the family as best as she can. His father suffers from depression, one of his brothers is in the army, another is almost autistic and the third, Hamid, 13, is the boss of the local neighbourhood and Yachine’s protector. When Hamid is sent to jail, Yachine takes up jobs after jobs, though empty, to get free from the doldrums of violence, misery and drugs. Released from prison, Hamid, now an Islamic fundamentalist, persuades Yachine and his pals to join their "brothers". The Imam, Abou Zoubeir, their spiritual leader, starts to direct their long-standing physical and mental preparation. One day, he tells them they have been chosen to become martyrs. The film is inspired by the terrorist attacks of May 16th 2003 in Casablanca.

international title: God's Horses
original title: Les Chevaux de Dieu
country: Morocco, France, Belgium
sales agent: Stone Angels
year: 2012
genre: fiction
directed by: Nabil Ayouch
film run: 115'
release date: BE 13/02/2013, FR 20/02/2013, SE 05/04/2013, NL 02/05/2013, ES 3/07/2015
screenplay: Jamal Belmahi
cast: Abdelhakim Rachid, Abdelilah Rachid, Hamza Souidek, Ahmed El Idrissi El Amrani
cinematography by: Hichame Alaouié
film editing: Damien Keyeux
art director: Hafid Amly
music: Malvina Meinier
producer: Nabil Ayouch, Eric Van Beuren, Pierre-Ange Le Pogam, Patrick Quinet
production: Les Films du Nouveau Monde, Stone Angels, Y.C. Aligator Film, Artémis Productions, Ali N' Productions/Morocco
distributor: Cinéart, Stone Angels, Cinéart Netherlands B.V.

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Festival Cinema Méditerranéen de Bruxelles 2012 Cineuropa Prize
Cannes Film Festival 2012 Un Certain Regard
Festival du Film Francophone de Namur 2012 
Hamburg Film Festival 2012 
International Film Festival Rotterdam 2013 
Göteborg International Film Festival 2013 
CPH PIX 2013 

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