Screening: 3rd i NY Presents: "ZERO" Award-Winning Moroccan Feature Film by Nour-Eddine Lakhmari

Wed, October 30, 2013 7:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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"ZERO" by Nour-Eddine Lakhmari

Morocco, 2012, 111 mins

(Arabic [Moroccan Dialect] with English Subtitles)

Zero is not a hard number in the equation of life; and does not add any value to it. That’s what Amin Bertale, alias “Zero”, tells us. He is a police officer in his mid thirties, pacing the streets of Casablanca, surrounded by loss and futility, and the corruption of everyone around him, starting with his subordinates. He is burdened with the care of his disabled father, from whom he bears constant curses. When he needs money, he cooperates with Mimi, to set up men looking for prostitutes. However his life changes when he meets a mother looking for her daughter. Only then “Zero” becomes a really hard number, in a merciless life.

About the director:

Born in Morocco, Nour-Eddine Lakhmari left for France to study pharmacy but quickly abandoned this to pursue his passion in cinema. His first short films shot in Oslo, Norway won him a number of accolades as well as admission to the Oslo Academy of Cinema. His first feature-length film Le Regard, released in 2005, garnered a number of awards and won over the Scandinavian and Moroccan critics. In 2008, his film, Casanegra, was a box office success and became an instant cult hit, winning awards at a number of International Film Festivals.

"Zero" won the award for Best Film at the 2012 Moroccan Film Festival.



About 3rd i NY

3rd I New York’s monthly film/video/media salon is designed by local filmmakers and cultural producers to showcase the works of independent media makers of South Asian, Central Asian, and Arab descent. Providing alternative forums for these filmmakers who often have few venues to showcase their work and whose cultures and histories are often demonized or misrepresented in mainstream media, not only increases their visibility, but also provides a social forum for peers and audiences to participate in an ongoing discussion.


3rdi NY Film Programming is made possible in part with public funds from the Fund for Creative Communities, supported by New York State Council on the Arts, and the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, both in partnership with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Alwan for the Arts hosts our monthly screenings series. We are thankful to the SINGH Foundation for acting as our fiscal sponsor


Alwan's programs are made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council of the Arts (NYSCA) and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council.

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