Filmmaker Nabil Ayouch on location in Sidi Moumen during the shoot of his 2012 feature "Horses of God."
Photo courtesy of Nabil Ayouch
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"Teaching young people to dream again" is the vision of a Moroccan cultural center in a rundown Casablanca district, once home to suicide bombers who killed 33 people in 2003 . Based in a white building next to a tramline and opposite a mosque, Sidi Moumen's Stars Cultural Center regularly hosts more than 300 young people for classes in music and music theory, classical dance, hip-hop, English and French.When he organized a film screening in Sidi Moumen, Ayouch said he realized that, "even in an area without rights, there is the right to hope".That seed of an idea eventually led him to set up the center in the district that was home to 12 suicide bombers, who carried out the May 2003 attacks in Casablanca.It was through the center that Meriem, 21, became a rapper.
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