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Title:

KILIKIS LA CITÉ DES HIBOUX

Title English:KILIKIS THE TOWN OF OWLS
Country:Marokko 2018
Format:DCP
Colour:Colour
Language:OF m. engl. UT
Length:99 Minutes
Film series:17. Afrika Film Festival


Director :Alaoui, Azlarabe
  


Storyline



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The setting is Kafka-esque: an isolated fortress in the Atlas Mountains which in the 1990s is used by King Hassan II as a secret prison for his political opponents. But in this feature film we only see the guards and their families. “The fate of the prisoners is mirrored in their own dull daily lives,” the director explains. During the opening titles, he says, “I was there. I was eight years old. ‘Cops and robbers’ was the only childhood game that brought us together and our bedtime stories were whatever the guards’ children had overheard their fathers saying. A colourless childhood, which we have now grown out of so we can tell the world... not least through cinema, because this injustice must not be forgotten.” The closing credits feature a more hopeful quote by Chilean poet Pablo Neruda: “You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep spring from coming.”

  • Filmstill KILIKIS LA CITÉ DES HIBOUX