Wanted (Al-Hareb), 2011

Ali Essafi
Wanted (Al-Hareb), 2011
Morocco/UAE, digital video, colour
20 minutes
Arabic and French with English subtitles
Film still
Image courtesy of the Artist
Commissioned by Sharjah Art Foundation


In the 1970s, Moroccan schoolboys and students dreamed of freedom and democracy. Severe police crackdowns on dissent and wide arbitrary arrests, detention, secret prisons have branded the decade as the ‘years of lead’. A number of activists lived in clandestinity. Aziz was twenty-three years old at the time, he was lonely and carried a false identity for two years before he was identified and arrested.

April 2011

This project was part of Sharjah Biennial 10

Commissioned by Sharjah Art Foundation

Crew and Credits

Written and directed by Ali Essafi
Edited by Hicham Bajjou
Cinematography: Ivan Bocara
Sound: Mehdi Halib
Production: Cinemaat Productions