Fall Grant 2011 - Post-Production Stage
Current project status: COMPLETED
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.
Production Company Profile
Established in 2010 by Kamal El Mahouti, LYRD Productions is an independent film company based in France. The organisation collaborates with Molilou Production, a Moroccan production company that was founded in 2006. LYRD Productions is currently in post-production with ‘My Brother’, intending to release the film to wider audiences in 2012. After its release, the company’s goal is to produce Kamal’s next feature, ‘Requiem for a Better World’, and to start searching for development funds.
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)