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My Brother

Fall Grant 2011 - Post-Production Stage

Kamal El Mahouti / Feature Narrative / Morocco, France, Qatar / 2012 / 74 min / Colour / Original Language: Arabic, French / Interests: Drama


An artist and painter in his 40s, Mo Bensalah is a Moroccan immigrant’s son. We see his essence through his creative craft; a journey into his paintings. His internal voice and his feelings guide us to the heart of his identity crisis; his personal story is revealed to us step by step. ‘My Brother’ is a film about the internal struggles and complexity of being at once French, Arab and Muslim today.


Kamal El Mahouti
Kamal El Mahouti, Emma Raguin
Kamal El Mahouti

About the Director

Kamal El Mahouti is a French writer and director of Moroccan descent. Born in Casablanca in 1963, he moved to France at the age of six, and studied film at the University of Paris VIII. In 2001, El Mahouti directed ‘My Lost Home’, which screened at the Exodes de l’Écran Festival in Saint-Denis, France, and the Arab Film Biennale at the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris. He has also directed six original stage productions and regularly conducts acting workshops for adults and children. He directed the short ‘The Locals Have Talent’ and wrote the feature screenplay, ‘Requiem for a Better World’. In April 2006, he initiated the film festival, Panorama des Cinémas du Maghreb, in Saint-Denis.

Awards and Festival History


Dubai International Film Festival 2012 (UAE)
Festival du Film National 2013 (Morocco)
Festival international du cinéma de Dakhla 2013 (Morocco)
Latin Arab Film Festival 2013, in Official Competition (Argentina)


Won the best Director at the Dubai International Film Festival 2012 (UAE)
Received Prix Cinémag at the Festival du Film National 2013 (Morocco)
Jury Special Mention at Festival international du cinéma de Dakhla 2013 (Morocco)


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    Kamal El Mahouti

    LYRD Productions

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