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Davidson Film Club Presents “Horses of God”

by | Sep 16, 2021

The DFC is pleased to invite you to a discussion of the Oscar-nominated Moroccan film, Horses of God, on Saturday, September 25, at 7:00 p.m. on Zoom.

““A compelling contemplation of the roots of Islamic terrorism in poverty and hopelessness.” Stephen Holden, New York Times

Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer 100%

Directed by Nabil Ayouch
Morocco (2012, 1h55)
In Arabic with English subtitles

 *The Davidson Film Club will remain virtual in September owing to the continuing surge in COVID cases brought on by the Delta variant.

We will discuss Horses of God on Zoom on Saturday, September 25, at 7:00 p.m. Here is the link:
Meeting ID: 813 2178 3460
Passcode: 473707

Discussion will be led by Dr. Sokrat Postoli a North Africa specialist in the Dept. of French and Francophone Studies at Davidson College.

There is no membership fee for this program, only, at most, the modest cost of the on-line film rental that yields no revenue to the Davidson Film Club. Horses of God may be watched for free on Kanopy for local library members, obtained by mail from Netflix for subscribers, or rented on Vudu for $2.99 at:

OR on Prime Video for the same price at:

Film Summary:

These are street kids from poor families where everyday violence, mental illness, corruption, and dope-dealing compete with fantasies of escaping to Western Europe to earn scads of money or dreams of making it as a professional soccer player. They are subject to the lure of religious fanatics who blame their misfortune on “the imperialist Zionist conspiracy” and offer a “community of new brothers” to those who will submit to the discipline of martyrdom.

Oscar-nominated for Best Film in a Foreign Language. Two directing awards at Cannes Film Festival for Nabil Ayouch, Lumière Award for Best French-Language Foreign Film, Magritte Award (Belgium) for  Best Cinematography, Best Director Rotterdam IFF, Best Director Seattle International FF, Best Film, Valladolid International FF.

Horses of God is one of the most forceful entries in a growing body of cinema that interrogates the causes and effects of terrorism, nationalism, and fundamentalism in the Arab world.” Andrew O’Hehir,

Quietly powerful, haunting, unflinchingly honest and character-driven.” Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru

“Ayouch’s film casts a sharp gaze on tragedy, and the larger socio-economic issues that beget fanaticism.” Nich Schager, AV Club

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We are a non-profit, tax-exempt organization run by volunteers that only exists to bring you fine international fiction films and engage in stimulating discussion about them.

Hope to see many of you on Zoom on Saturday, Sept. 25, for the discussion of this powerful and thought-provoking drama! Please share the Zoom link with your friends when you receive it! There is no charge by the Film Club, and there is room for everyone!

Alan Singerman
President, Davidson Film Club
[email protected]
(704) 231-6736

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