Unique, impro­vised film shows the life of five foul-mouthed Moroccan loiterers in a Rotterdam suburb who find refuge in Turkish Ali’s cafeteria.

Partly impro­vised film shows the life of Moroccan loiterers in a Rotterdam suburb who find refuge in the cafe­teria of 50-year-old Turk Ali. They’re around sixteen, destruc­tive and violent, commit car burglaries, deal drugs and turn the neigh­bour­hood into a no-go-area. In confronta­tions with the police, the gloves are often off. Ali approaches the boys with a mix of Dutch, Turkish and Arab. Abra­sive, honest and witty. He under­stands these blokes very well, but condemns their behav­iour. But Ali, who also failed to assim­i­late when he came to the Nether­lands, has his own prob­lems. Due to his gambling addic­tion, he puts the cafe­teria and his family on the line. The film is inter­larded with inter­views in which actors draw from their personal lives. At times, their tragic and moving life stories offer hope.

Title: Snackbar
Year: 2012
Duration : 1 hour, 23 minutes
Category: Feature film
Edition: NFF 2012


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