On November 18 and 19, 2011, Tribeca Cinemas will host the second Moroccan Film Festival. While Morocco has long been utilized by American filmmakers to provide dramatic backdrops for films like Lawrence of Arabia, Gladiator, Rendition and Babel, in recent years the country has developed a strong cinematic tradition all its own. The Moroccan Film Festival gives American audiences a chance to experience this new addition to the world of film, as well as the opportunity to gain a unique perspective on modern Moroccan culture.

Ten feature films are planned over the two-day festival, as well as a number of short student films from the Ecole Supérieure des Arts Visuels de Marrakech.

Hosted by the Tribeca Cinema in Manhattan, the Festival is sponsored by the High Atlas Foundation. The High Atlas in Morocco is the focus of this particular Foundation that partners with villages to assist in development projects designed and operated by communities themselves. The Foundation emphasizes participatory development, and has a number of ongoing projects ranging from youth development and clean water initiatives to tree planting, women’s cooperatives and irrigation infrastructure.

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Tickets can be purchased via the High Atlas Foundation, or via the Tribeca Cinema. If you’d like to make a donation to the event or have an issue with ticket purchases, please feel free to contact Nora Larhouasli Marrakchi, the Festival Co-Chair and HAF Board Member at [email protected] All proceeds from the event will benefit the work of the High Atlas Foundation.

Written by Margaret Jackson.