23 November 2022
Before Darkness Creeps In is a 70-minute Moroccan and French film in Arabic with English subtitles, produced in 2020 and directed by Ali Al Safi. The film incorporates a gleaming installation of posters, magazine covers, archival recordings, jazz, and animation that depict the Moroccan art scene in the 1970s, from the perspective of the artists and actors themselves, many of whom ended up imprisoned or disappeared. It also refers to the independent Moroccan film Events without Signs that was produced in 1974 about the role of the new Moroccan cinema. But after the emergence of a counterculture by Marxist student movements that perceived cinema as a “tool for sensuality” and self-exploration, the film was banned by the government after its only public screening. A.M. Qattan Foundation.