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18 September 2006

Zannie Theatre Presents
'Ali Zaoua'

A still from "Ali Zaoua."

The Zannie Theatre, which is located in the Buckner Arts & Exhibit Center at McClellan and shows two independent films each month, invites Jacksonville State University employees and students to the September 22-24 showing of "Ali Zaoua."

Ali, Kwita, Omar, and Boukber are a group of street urchins living on the hard streets of Casablanca. Their everyday lives are filled with violence, begging, and indifference. In order to survive, they create a bond of friendship and family between them. The bond is cut short when Ali is senselessly killed at the beginning of the film by a blow to the head; his life taken by a single act of a rival gang.

Aliís friends decide not to report his death to the police, who would have the boy buried in a potterís field. Instead, they decide to give him a worthy burial on the private island he so often dreamed of.

"Ali Zaoua" captures the power of dreams and hope in the harshest of circumstances. The film is from Morocco and is in French with English subtitles.

The film's awards include:

Stockholm Film Festival - Bronze Horse Award
Buster Intíl Childrenís Film Festival - Audience Award
Montreal World Film Festival - Prize of the Ecumenical Jury
Sundance Film Festival - Official Selection

Showings on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Tickets: $7 non-members, $5 members. The Zannie Theatre at Buckner Center can be found at 412 Buckner Drive, Anniston. For more information, call 847-3360 or go to .

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