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Salvation Army (L’armée du salut)

Directed by Abdellah Taïa, Area Premiere

Part of A Riff on the Rif: In the Spirit of the Cinematheque Tangier

“[A] beautifully observed and melancholic memory piece.” —Film-Forward

Based on director Abdellah Taïa’s autobiographical novel, Salvation Army is the coming-of-age story of a gay man in Morocco. Sparse in dialogue and shot by the talented Agnès Godard, the film is in two parts: first chronicles hiss teenage years as he navigates his sexuality and learns about the harsh realities of poverty, patriarchy, and adolescence. The second part follows him through his postgraduate travels on a scholarship to Geneva, where race and sexuality intersect and isolate him from European society. The film challenges prevailing victim narratives, instead offering a meditation on both Moroccan society and queerness. Taïa’s story demands not pity but respect. 2013, Morocco, in French and Arabic with English subtitles, 81 minutes.

Funding

Album: Cinematheque Tangier, a project by Yto Barrada is made possible by generous support from the Bentson Foundation.