Adil Azzab is a Moroccan filmmaker and a film educator living in Milan, Italy. Two decades ago, however, he was a young unwilling shepherd dreaming of cinema in his rural hometown pastures. In his debut feature – made with the help of non-professional actors and grassroots support – Adil recounts how coping with the life-changing and harsh experience of emigration at age 13 catapulted the poor countryside boy into adulthood. The result is a compellingly candid first person tale on the challenges of migration and cultural identity.
Followed by a Q&A with director and star Adil Azzab.
Eligible for the Film Africa Audience Award
Adil Azzab was born in 1988 in a small village in the Moroccan countryside, the first male child in a poor family. When he was 13 he went to live with his father in Milan, studying and eventually working as an electrician. In 2012 he founded multimedia platform Imagine Factory, with Andrea Pellizzer and Magda Rezene. My Name Is Adil is the first film released by the platform and is a fictionalised account of Adil’s life.