Casablanca Mon Amour

A non-traditional road movie exploring a Moroccan perspective on the entwined relationship between Hollywood and The Arab World.

Casablanca Mon Amour is a modern road movie that encapsulates the more complex and fractured nature of living in a world where TV and wars compete for headlines and occupy imaginations. Using movies as a road map between yesterday’s Hollywood and today’s Morocco, Casablanca Mon Amour offers a Moroccan perspective on the long and entwined relationship between Hollywood and The Arab/Muslim World. Casablanca Mon Amour offers more than a dry critique of the impact of media on culture. Instead, the film takes a human and humorous look at the effects Hollywood films have on people’s imaginations and affords Moroccan’s (our movie set ‘extras’) an opportunity to talk back- which they do in intelligent, witty and wildly ingenious ways. Casablanca Mon Amour uses the process of movie making as a way of turning the Great American Story on its head – and offering Hollywood and America a story about itself.

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78 minutes


16mm, Color


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John Slattery

John’s directing debut, Casablanca Mon Amour (recently featured by the New York Times article) had its world premiere at the Dubai International Film Festival and played at festivals worldwide throughout 2013. Moreover, John is still having a healthy festival life! As a producer and director John has collaborated with a broad range of talented filmmakers on a number of productions—including work with two-time Academy Award ® winning Cinematographer Haskell Wexler ASC. While at UCLA he received the Macgowan Award for Excellence in Documentary Filmmaking, the Drown Award for Motion Picture Production as well as the Edgar Brokaw Scholarship in Film Production—and even worked as an assistant to Isabelle Huppert. He holds an MFA from the Department of Film and Digital Media at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).