Nour-Eddine Sail: The Spiritual Father of Moroccan Cinema

Nour-Eddine Sail, who died on Wednesday morning after being contaminated by Covid-19, is the spiritual father of Moroccan cinema and filmmakers. He helped found the national film industry, and has played an effective role in training generations of directors and employees in the field of the seventh art.

He was known for his passion for culture, cinema, television and media, in addition to philosophy, which he studied and graduated from the Faculty of Arts in Rabat. He then taught it at the Moulay Youssef High School in the capital.

Alongside his teaching profession, Sail was a journalist and radio host. He founded the National Federation of Film Clubs, whose mission was to forge a film culture among Moroccans.

Sail joined the 2M team at the beginning of his career as an advisor in 1989. He then joined the French television channel Canal Plus and was appointed managing director of 2M in 2000. He held this position for 3 years, during which he made his mark on Moroccan television. He was then appointed director of the CCM.

Sail is highly respected by Moroccan directors and filmmakers for his knowledge of Moroccan film culture and charisma. They were deeply saddened by the news of his death at the age of 70.

He was born in 1947 in Tangier, which he loved so much but left for his higher education in Rabat. He died in a hospital in Casablanca.

Nour-Eddine Sail wrote the screenplays for several Moroccan films, including “Le Grand Voyage” by Mohammed Abderrahman Tazi, “Badis” and “Lalla Houbi”. He has also written several articles in magazines and film periodicals with international echo, in addition to a novel in French.

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