BLACK

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.

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CAST

Martha CANGA ANTONIO 

Aboubakr BENSAIHI

 

CREW +

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

INFOS

Running time – 95’

Ratio – Scope

Language – French, Arabic, Lingala, Dutch

 

PRESS REVIEWS

Vice

Variety

Exclaim !

Twitch Film

Scene Creek

Toronto Film Scene

She does the city 

AWARDS & NOMINATIONS +

2015 TIFF – Discovery Award
2015 PÖFF – Best Actress Award for Martha Canga Antonio

 

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WHO ARE WE ?

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The company was launched in 2014 and is part of the Playtime group from which it receives financial and corporate backing.

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