Rif Cinematheque opens

Now OpenLaila Lalami has a nice post about the opening of the Rif Cinematheque in Tangiers, which is perhaps Morocco's first art house cinema. I visited the Rif while it was still being renovated last summer and spent time with the couple behind it, Moroccan photographer Yto Barrada and her American husband Sean Gullette (the main actor in the very funny Darren Aaronovsky movie Pi). I really hope that along with the renovation work taking place around the Grand Socco it will help make Tangiers the dynamic city it once was again. Click on the graphic to go the Cinematheque's site.
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Issandr El Amrani

Issandr El Amrani is a Cairo-based writer and consultant. His reporting and commentary on the Middle East and North Africa has appeared in The Economist, London Review of Books, Financial Times, The National, The Guardian, Time and other publications. He also publishes one of the longest-running blog in the region, www.arabist.net.