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Ageing soldier Ibrahim is sent to guard a deserted island off the Mediterranean coast of Morocco. His orders are to monitor the movements of smugglers and illegal immigrants, but – a pawn in a larger game – he is being used by his superiors for murkier aims. When a Black African man attempting to reach Spain in a boat is washed up on the beach, the unlikely pair’s presence on the stony little island inadvertently triggers an incident that crescendos into a regional military crisis. This fable-like comedy, based on the real life 2002 stand-off between Morocco and Spain, is a wry study of the absurdity of diplomatic power-struggles, though at its heart is a timely story about friendship and acceptance.
Eligible for the Film Africa 2016 Audience Award
Ahmed Boulane was born in Morocco in 1956. He began his career as an actor with the Moroccan National Theatre Company and the national troupe of Radio Télévision Marocain in Rabat. From 1979 he branched out, working as an actor, casting director and 1st assistant director in more than fifty international productions. In 1997 Ahmed founded his own production company, Boulane O’Bryne Production, to produce and direct his own films.