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World Premiere of Kilkis...The Town of Owls at the Oran International Arabic Film Festival

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World Premiere of Kilkis...The Town of Owls at the Oran International Arabic Film Festival


Director Azalarabe Alaoui's film Kilkis...The Town of Owls is landing its world premiere at the Oran International Arabic Film Festival (25-31 July). To be held on Saturday, July 28, the screening of the film will be attended by the directors and stars at 08:00 pm (GMT +1) at Morocco Cinema.

The film's events take place at the Town of Owls, an isolated residential community situated in the High Atlas Mountains. It is inhabited by families and guards of a secret political prison camp, which remained out of history for a long time until the early 1990s. The Town of Owls is in fact a titanic prison in which everyone, including guards and residents, are held detainees.

Written and directed by Azalarabe Alaoui, Kilkis...The Town of Owls stars Med Rzin, Amin Ennaji, Hassan Badida, Kamal Elkademi, and Asmae Srioui. MAD Solutions is handling the film's distribution.

Azlarabe Alaoui is a Moroccan director, screenwriter, and producer. Alaoui is also a university professor with a Ph.D. in the Audio-visual and cinematic field. Azlarabe has made a myriad of films in a wide array of genres, yet focused more on human rights issues.

Azlarabe Alaoui has five short fiction films, Bidouza (2004), The Island of a Day (2005), See You in Volubilis (2006), Cedar Grains (2007), Izorane (2008) and The Blind and the Gypsy (2013). Correspondingly, he directed a group of documentary films for Al Jazeera Documentary Channel concerned with marginalized and socially oppressed people and produced a series of historical documentaries for the first Moroccan channel about celebrities who visited Morocco between 1830 and 1998.

Concerning TV films, he has directed The Devil's Powder in 2009, Glass House in 2010 and The Postman in 2011. He moved to the next category of feature films by making Androman... Blood and Coal in 2012, that has won 17 national and international awards. Kilikis...The Town of Owls is his second feature film.