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Filmmakers Adil & Bilall (BAD BOYS FOR LIFE) will direct REBEL, an immensely powerful and nuanced portrayal of a family torn apart over a little Muslim boy’s future in the tradition of Incendies and A PROPHET.
When Kamal resolves to change his life for the better, he leaves Belgium to help war victims in Syria. But, having arrived, he is forced to join a militia and is left stranded in Raqqa. Back home, his younger brother Nassim quickly becomes easy prey for radical recruiters, who promise to reunite him with his brother. Their mother, Leila, fights to protect the only thing she has left: her youngest son. The film paints a portrait of a time that both filmmakers experienced first-hand: a period that predates the Islamic State, when many Belgians with Moroccan roots set off for Syria. Some of them were enlisted in organisations upon arriving, and were radicalised, as was the case for some of the two directors' loved ones – it is precisely this experience that is translated through Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah's cameras. „We wanted to show just how romantic and heroic jihad can seem at first glance, and how religion is weaponised."
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Adil El Arbi, Bilall Fallah

Belgian-Moroccan Muslim filmmakers Adil and Bilall first gained attention in 2015 with their film Black, which premie- red at the Toronto Film Festival, where it won the Discovery section. Further film credits include Gangsta, which was selected in Palm Springs, where Adil & Bilall were shortlisted in "10 Directors to Watch". In 2020, they directed Bad Boys for Life, starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, which grossed over $426 million at the worldwide box office.

Written by
Adil El Arbi, Bilall Fallah, Kevin Meul, Jan van Dyck
Edited by
Frédéric Thoraval
Robrecht Heyvaert
Sound by
Nicolas Tran Trong
Music by
Hannes De Maeyer
Lubna Azabal, Ala Riani, Tara Abboud, Issam Messaoudi, Kamal Moummad
Original title
English title
Belgium, Luxembourg, France
Running time
135 min
Action, Drama, Thriller
Age rating
Release date
13. 7. 2023
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Media reception

Slash Film
8/10 "An emotional gut punch."
That Shelf
"Absolutely terrific film from Cannes 2022."
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