Casablanca Beats review – Morocco’s answer to Fame strikes a chord


Franco-Moroccan director Nabil Ayouch has made a likable, high-energy youth movie that could almost be called the Moroccan answer to Fame and which features that time-honoured plot device: putting on a concert. Using nonprofessionals playing docu-fictionalised versions of themselves, Ayouch has created a drama revolving around an arts centre for young people that he himself … Read more

Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya, Congolese cleric and statesman, dies at 81


NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) — Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya, an influential figure in Congo’s Roman Catholic Church, died Sunday (July 11) in Versailles, France, where had been undergoing medical treatment. The 81-year-old prelate, the former archbishop of Kinshasa, is remembered in the central African country as both a church leader and a statesman who fought fearlessly … Read more

Sadia Hussein: the FGM survivor who is saving girls from the knife


Sadia Hussein had been in labour for three days when she felt she could take no more. She could hear her mother crying in the distance, pleading with God to save her daughter’s life. But even though things were clearly not progressing as they should have been, the women in her small Kenyan village were … Read more