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Shot between the Moroccan countryside and Milan, and featuring non-professional actors, the film tells the true story of Adil, a child living in the countryside of Morocco with his mother, his brothers and his grandfather, the head of the household. It is a poor world, where children start very young to work in the pastures, adults can be rough, and studying is a privilege the few. Adil knows his fate is doomed if he remains in Morocco, just like the one of the young shepherds prematurely aged he sees around him. This is why he wants to join his father, El Mati, who migrated to Italy to work and support the family. His son’s stubbornness and the desire to offer him a different future convince El Mati to take his son with him. Leaving, though, is also a break, a painful separation from his own history, his loved ones and his community.

The film accompanies the spectator along the journey of the main character, who is thirteen years old, to the discovery of a new world and a new culture. Italy is not the country of the fabulous cities and the easy wealth dreamt in his childhood, but it offers Adil the chance to study, to live new experiences and to build new relationships.

After ten years away from Morocco, Adil, now an adult, returns to his country, starting a journey of research and rediscovery of his roots, to help him weave the threads of his story and his identity, because “only if you know where you come from, you can know who you are”.
The film produced with no funding and independently, offers an original perspective on the issues of migration and cultural identity, tackling them from the point of view of children and teenagers.

PRODUCTION NOTES:

“It would be the first time that a boy who knows nothing of cinema arrives in another country, learns how to make a film and tells his story.” With these words Gabriele Salvatores, interviewed in 2013 by Adil Azzab and Magda Rezene, a youngs aspiring director, commented the project of the indipendent film “My name is Adil”.

The story of this feature film is, in fact, truly unique in the panorama of Italian film production. Adil Azzab is 27 years old. Born and grown up in the Moroccan countryside, where he used to be a shepherd as a child, he migrated to Milan when he was 13. In Italy he has had the chance to study and work as an electrician. Thanks to the encounter with an Aggregation Centre for Youth, he discovered the passion for cinema and photography. Making a feature film on his own story, exposing the difficulties of migration from the point of view of a teenager, has been much more than a bet won. Thanks to a group of supporters who participated to a crowdfunding for the implementation of the project, and with extremely scarce means, Imagine Factory, an association of which Adil Azzab and Magda Rezene are part of the founders, has realised the film “My name is Adil”.

In “My name is Adil”, shot between Morocco and Italy, episodes from the three main phases of the main character’s life interweave: the child-shepherd hungry for education and future; the teenager facing an unknown world; the adult who returns to his country of origin, looking at it with a new gaze. The film offers a chance to reflect on what it means to migrate, especially for younger ones, but also on the issue of belonging to two countries and two cultures. The story of “My name is Adil”, and the project which has allowed to realise it, is at the same time a unique and exemplary story, telling about the ability to believe in one’s dreams, about the meaning of welcoming and the possibilities born out of the encounter with others. At a time when the dramatic situation of migrations cannot but deeply question our consciences, this story has the flavour of hope and of the feeling of possibility.

IMAGINE FACTORY:

Imagine Factory is a not profit association founded by young videomakers and professionals of communication and social work. Using the instruments and languages of multimedia, the association promotes and implements expressive workshops and training projects for young and adolescent girls and boys, also aimed at social inclusion and the prevntion of marginalisation.
The creative team of Imagine Factory also develops projects and products of communication and video story-telling for companies, institutions and not for profit organisations.  imaginefactory.it:

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