Thursday, October 05, 2017

Ishmael Saidi's "Jihad" play to be performed in Morocco

The play Djihad by Ismaël Saïdi finally arrives in Morocco. Initiated by the French Institute of Morocco as part of its cultural season, the tour is scheduled from 12 to 17 October in El Jadida, Tangier, Rabat and Fez

Ben, Reda and Ismaël are three young people from Brussels who face the idleness of their lives. They decide to travel to Syria to fight alongside the other jihadists. Along the tragicomic journey from Schaerbeek to Homs, passing through Istanbul, they discover the reasons that pushed each of them to leave and face a situation much less idyllic than expected.

Djihad is above all a comedy that deals with the clichés of all religions and breaks the silence on the taboos of each.

"It combines humour, derision and emotion to deal with radicalisation,"s ays the French Institute of Morocco.

The play was declared a "public utility" in Belgium in January 2015. It was also recommended in France by the French Ministry of Education to prevent radicalisation in schools.

"This piece is obviously a self-criticism of the community of which I am a member. The problem of the identity imprint is very important in immigrant communities, whether in Belgium or anywhere else in Europe," says Ismaël Saïdi.

Tour Program
El Jadida: Thursday, October 12 at 7 pm - Portuguese Church
Tangier: Friday, October 13 at 7:30 pm - Salle Beckett of the French Institute of Tangier
Rabat: Saturday 14 October at 8 pm - National Theater Mohammed V
Fez: Tuesday, October 17 at 7 pm - Al Houria Cultural Complex


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