: 'I'm just trying to be personal in my films to make them as universal as possible' Moroccan director Mohcine Besri says it's personal when it comes to his latest film Urgent (Une Urgence Oridnaire). The film, which scrutinises the Moroccan healthcare system through the story of a family trying to get help for their young son Ayoub (Youssef Alaoui
who has a head injury and a man who has attempted suicide (Ayoub Layoussifi
), was partially inspired by the experience of Besri's own mother.
Speaking to me at the 17th Marrakech Film Festival, where the film screened in competition, the 47-year-old, who now lives in Switzerland, says: Charlie Chaplin used to say: 'As long as it's personal, it's universal.' So I'm just trying to be personal in my films to make them as universal as possible."
He adds: "I quit Morocco when I was 23 years old and I live in Geneva,