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ARABIC CIRCUS

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A film about growing up under the influence of the Arab Spring and Islam, Morocco’s only circus school and perhaps the most splendid hipster moustache in North Africa.
„My mother says I’m still fooling around. That’s not true. I just live my life like I feel it.“ Snoopy is 26 and wants to become a world-famous circus artist. But Morocco’s conservative society does not like oddballs like Snoopy, and an artist’s career is still frowned upon. „You like to watch a clown, but you don’t want to be one,“ says Snoopy’s father. Sixty percent of all Moroccans are under the age of thirty, yet they have little say in important matters – even when it comes to their own professional choices, making it hard for young people like Snoopy to find their place in society. But Snoopy chooses juggling with fire over an imposed career as an architect. Inspired by the Arab Spring, he rejects the dictates of Moroccan society. One step at a time, he becomes a clown, juggler, fire-eater and beatboxer. A rebel, hipster and visionary. Snoopy and his friends dream of a new Morocco that allows self-fulfilment and the promotion of the arts and culture. However, before he can become a truly successful circus artist, Snoopy needs to win over his own family. A film about growing up under the influence of the Arab Spring and Islam, about Morocco’s only circus school and perhaps the most splendid hipster moustache in North Africa.

Human Interest / Society
Length 45’
Film by Jan Mocka und Johanna Baschke
Production nindofilms with the support of Film- und Medienstiftung NRW and University of Applied Sciences and Arts Dortmund, 2015
Original Title Arabischer Zirkus / Cirque arabe