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Mahi Binebine in conversation with Oxford Student PEN
23 April 2013, 5:15 pm—7:00 pmFree
Acclaimed writer and painter Mahi Binebine will appear in conversation at St Anne’s College, Oxford on 23 April at 5.15pm. This event is coordinated by Oxford Student PEN in association with St Anne’s College Arts and Humanities Discussion Group.
Mahi Binebine’s new book, Horses of God, which is based on the true story of the bombers behind the 2003 Casablanca bombing, is now an award-winning film directed by Nabil Ayouch. Horses of God is translated by Lulu Norman and published by Granta Books.
On the outskirts of Casablanca, next to the dump, is the shantytown of Sidi Moumen, where Yachine and his ten brothers grew up amid the chaos of drugs, violence and despair. The barefoot boys started their own football team and played amongst the rocks, detritus, and buried skeletons of the dump and dreamed of becoming the best football players of all time. From the grave, Yachine remembers the ugliness but also recalls his fond memories of childhood. Then their dreams changed. Yachine’s older brother Hamid started growing a beard and attending religious meetings with Sheikh Abou Zoubeir. Week after week, the Sheikh beguiled the boys into believing that there was a better world in the afterlife, where their faith would be rewarded. They needed only to choose between dying gloriously and together, or living disgracefully and alone. For Yachine and his brother, the choice was clear.
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