“Horses of God” and the Making of Suicide Bombers

Monday, May 12, 2014

Horses of God Nabil Ayouch Best friends Nabil (Abdelilah Rachid, left) and Yachine (Abdelhakim Rachid) as young men, in "Horses of God," directed by Nabil Ayouch (Courtesy of Kino Lorber/Kino Lorber)

Director Nabil Ayouch tells us about his film “Horses of God,” a drama set in the slums on the outskirts of Casablanca, based on a horrific 2003 bombing. The film a character study of children growing up without hope. Yachine and Nabil, inseparable friends, fall under the influence of Yachine’s violent older brother, Hamid, after he’s released from prison as a new Islamic fundamentalist. “Horses of God” opens May 14 at Film Forum.


Nabil Ayouch

Comments [8]

khadija Boyd from Brooklyn

I am of Moroccan Ancestry. I listened to Mr. Lopate's show and "his" guest, according to Mr. or Ms. or who knows what Sanych. All Moroccans de souche, myself included, in Brooklyn, NY, were not only in shock that such an unfathomable act would take place, in our midst, by our own, but also geared up, illico presto, to make sure that no such event would occur, again. Our loss, to a certain extent, as surveillance was re-instated. We did not know who, what. They were other attacks in Marrakech (linked to, indeed, young men of Algerian Nationality, fresh from Afghanistan...). Obviously, I have yet to see the film. However, as we say back home, "play on Ur own door stoop"; "you look for me? you'll find me. You won't know who took U out, you'd be gone". I do hope that the film is not a tear jerk thingy, kinda eliciting comprehension of awful acts towards any living creature. And Nabil grew up in France, after all. kindest regards, khadija

May. 13 2014 12:34 AM
The Truth from Becky

Such an infantile comment "why can't we all be friends" very surface.

May. 12 2014 01:29 PM
Ed from Larchmont

'A man will make the void his purpose rather than be void of purpose.' Nietzche, young men want to be heroes, to belong to something greater than themselves.

May. 12 2014 01:25 PM
Ed from Larchmont

The recent movie 'Irreplaceable' stated that 85% of men in prison come from families without a father, makes a big difference.

May. 12 2014 01:24 PM

The guest is deliberately delusional.

May. 12 2014 01:20 PM
Amy from Manhattan

I really appreciate Mr. Ayouch's saying that other members of the same mosque were not extremists or suicide bombers. Too many people assume that if any of the people at a mosque are extremists, the entire mosque is extremist & its imams are promoting extremism.

May. 12 2014 01:19 PM
Tom from Toronto

This movie was very well done. It respects the viewer without being preachy.

May. 12 2014 01:15 PM

Pierre Rehov in his "Suicide Killers" interviewed failed suicide bombers in Israeli prison to find out what motivates them.

One clear answer is that they believe that ALL their problems will be solved be merciful Allah in paradise if they kill enough infidels.

Some even did not have any problems. I remember one fellow who was elected by his clan to become a martyr, so that he would recommend his relatives to Allah when they died.

May. 12 2014 10:40 AM

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