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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.

Original Title Black
Category Official Competition
Section Generator +18
Tipology Feature Film
Duration 95'
Production Year 2015
Nationality Belgium
Directed by Adil El Arbi & Bilall Fallah
Screenplay Nele Meirhaeghe, Adil El Arbi, Bilall Fallah, Hans Herbots
Director of photography Robrecht Heyvaert
Editor Adil El Arbi & Bilall Fallah
Sound Joeri Verspecht
Music Hannes De Maeyer
Main cast Martha Canga Antonio (Mavela)
Aboubakr Bensaihi (Marwan)

Bilall Fallah  Adil El ArbiAdil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah
Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah are two young promising directors of Moroccan extraction. They studied at the Institut Saint-Luc in Brussels where they met. Since then they have been an inseparable filmmaking duo. Their short film FRERES [BROTHERS] (2011) won an award at the Ghent International Film Festival and Leuven International Short Film Festival. They were also a Flanders’ Audiovisual Fund Wildcard winner. With this award, they made their first feature film, IMAGE, (2014). BLACK is their second feature film. Adil and Bilall are not unknown in Belgium. In 2014, Adil won the “Smartest Person in the World” program on Belgian television, where his appearance was widely noticed by the general public.

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