“Horses of God” and the Making of Suicide Bombers

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

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.