The San Diego Arab Film Festival is a project of KARAMA

Kilikis…the Town of Owls

Director: Azlarade Alaoui

Country: Morocco

Year: 2018

Duration:  97 min.

Language: Arabic with English Subtitles

The Town of Owls is an isolated residential community situated in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco.  It is inhabited by families and guards of a secret political prison camp, which remained out of history for a long time until the early 1990s.  Guards spend their long days back and forth between the secret prison and the village, through a suspension bridge built upon a deep valley that connects the village with the fortress prison.  The story is about people from different places with dissimilar destinies, yet coalesced together by a common fate that makes them realize that the Town of Owls is in fact a titanic prison in which everyone, including guards and residents, are held detainees.

Director Azlarabe Aloui has been invited to attend and present his film.  He has applied for a visa and, if approved, he will be here!

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