A film by Adil EL ARBI & Bilall FALLAH
2015 – Belgium – Contemporary Romeo & Juliet – 95'
SYNOPSIS Mavela, a 15 year-old black teenager, didn’t fit in. That was until she encountered the
Black Bronx, a well-known gang of young Africans. She feels at home in the gang, accepted. She has
friends now, who get her mixed up in street life. For the very first time, Mavela feels like she belongs.
In return, she quickly learns that Black Bronx is a lifetime commitment: Once a gang member, always
a gang member. And she has no intention of leaving. One day, however, she meets Marwan. He’s
Moroccan, and a member of the 1080s, another teenage gang and the enemy of the Black Bronx gang.
From their first meeting, they know they were made for each other. But a girl who is a member of the
Black Bronx gang is not supposed to go around with outsiders. The young couple is forced to hide,
seeing each other in secret. But, the best-laid plans of mice and men often go astray… they are quickly
found out and have to pay the consequences. When Mavela is punished for her disloyalty to the gang,
she finally wakes up to reality, realizing that she isn’t where she belongs.
Martha CANGA ANTONIO
Producers – Frank VAN PASSEL, Bert HAMELINCK & Ivy VAN HAECKE and Olivier RAUSIN
Production company – Caviar and Climax Films
Screenwriters – Nele MEIRHAEGHE, Adil EL ARBI, Bilall FALLAH & Hans HERBOTS
Cinematographer – Robrecht HEYVAERT
Editors – Adil EL ARBI & Bilall FALLAH
Running time – 95’
Ratio – Scope
Language – French, Arabic, Lingala, Dutch
AWARDS & NOMINATIONS +
2015 TIFF – Discovery Award
2015 PÖFF – Best Actress Award for Martha Canga Antonio
SCREENINGS IN FESTIVAL & MARKETS +