“’Salvation Army’ is a coming-of-age novel that tells the story of Taïa’s life with complete disclosure–from a childhood bound by family order and latent (homo)sexual tensions in the poor city of Salé, through an adolescence in Tangier charged by the young writer’s attraction to his eldest brother, to a disappointing arrival in the Western world to study in Geneva in adulthood. In so doing, “Salvation Army” manages to burn through the author’s first-person singularity to embody the complex mélange of fear and desire projected by Arabs on Western culture. Recently hailed by his native country’s press as “the first Moroccan to have the courage to publicly assert his difference”, Taïa, through his calmly transgressive work, has “outed” himself as “the only gay man” in a country whose theocratic law still declares homosexuality a crime.” (Indiewire, by Tambay A. Obenson)

Saturday, 29.11.2014 – 5:30 pm (presented by Sherry Hormann)
Monday, 01.12.2014 – 8:00 pm



Berlin Premiere 



OT: L’Armée du Salut, 2013
Country: France, Marocco
Production: Les Films de Pierre, Les Films Pelléas, Rita Productions, Ali N’Films
Cast: Said Mrini, Karim Ait M’hand, Amine Ennaji, Frédéric Landenberg, Hamza Slaoui, Malika El Hamaoui
Format: DCP / Coulour
Length: 84 min.
Language: Arabic/French / English subtitles
World Sales: Ramonda,
Distribution Germany: tba
Festivals: Venice, Toronto, Reykjavik, Anger, Rotterdam, Tanger, San Francisco, Seattle, Jerusalem, Hong Kong etc.
Awards: Anger European Jury Award