He added: “So, we must exert more effort and support, both by the Ministry of Higher Education and by audiovisual professors and experts, to create an integrated, independent academic training, or even an integrated college by itself, that might combine several cinema-related interests, including literature, philosophy, and sociology. This would allow students to build knowledge and technology, give them the ability, after graduation, to make films closer to their community, according to visions and approaches that combine creativity, science, and talent.”
The New Generation
Alaoui believes that university cinema majors will play a major role in revitalizing the artistic and cultural movement and advance the film industry in Morocco.
“A new generation of graduates, who were trained at university and who combine scientific theory and real talent, will undoubtedly advance Morocco’s film industry, and stir the artistic, intellectual and cultural scene,” he said.
“Graduating technicians, who combine good academic training in sound and image engineering, along with their gradual acquisition of expertise that entitles them to intensive training in photography and post-production studios, will enrich the film industry and provide it with Moroccan technicians.”
Alaoui also highlights the importance of giving screenwriting more space. “This could give us talented writers with enough knowledge in drama, and would create a quantitative accumulation,” he said. “Over time, all this will result in quality works that will revitalize the Moroccan cultural scene.”
Adding to Film Literature
Alaoui has published two books: “The Critical Approach to Visual Discourse in Morocco” (2007) and “A Guide to the Documentary Film Industry” (2020).
“There is a great shortage in Morocco’s academic libraries of scholarship on the audiovisual arts industry and cinema, and of the translation of books into Arabic,” he said.
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“This prompted me to think of writing a series of educational books specialized in this field,” he added. His goal is “to share my experience with Moroccan students and interested readers from Arab countries, in terms of knowledge, or based on the professional experience I accumulated over the years of my work in cinema and documentary films directing.”