Tuesday, 1. November 20.00
Morocco/France 2013 DCP I OmE I 84 min
In Presence of Abdellah Taïa
Abdellah is a young gay man navigating through the sexual, racial and political climate of Morocco. Growing up in a large family in a working-class neighborhood, Abdellah is caught between a distant father, an authoritarian mother, an older brother whom he adores and a handful of predatory older men, in a society that denies his homosexuality. As a college student, Abdellah moves to Geneva and while faced with the new possibilities of freedom, he grapples with the loss of his homeland. SALVATION ARMY, the directorial debut for Abdellah Taïa – an acclaimed Moroccan and Arab writer – is adapted from his novel of the same name. Taïa is the first writer of his descent to speak out openly about his homosexuality.
ABDELLAH TAIA, born in 1973 in Rabat, lives since 1999 in Paris. With his widely acclaimed novels Une mélancolie arabe (2008), L’armée du salut (2006) and its public avowal to his homosexuality, he broke a taboo in the Arab world. SALVATION ARMY, the directorial debut of Abdellah Taïa, is an adaptation of his eponymous novel.