||Abd al Malik
May Allah Bless France!
(Qu'Allah bénisse la France!)
In French / English subtitles
For audicences aged 12 and above
Living with his single mother and six siblings in one of Strasbourg's roughest quartiers, the teenaged Malik (Marc Zinga), born Régis Fayette-Mikano, leads a triple life. By day he's a scholarship student at a prestigious high school. By night he picks pockets and sells drugs. And on weekends, along with a crew of young MCs labelling themselves the New African Poets, he packs the local hip-hop clubs. But when several of his friends fall victim to violence, he seeks guidance in the teachings of Islam. This turns out to be a life-changing decision, setting him on a course to renown as a world-class musician and prize-winning political writer.
Cameron Bailey, TIFF
Director: Abd al Malik
Screenplay: Abd al Malik
Cast: Marc Zinga, Sabrina Ouazani, Larouci Didi, Mickaël Nagenraft, Matteo Falkone, Stéphane Fayette-Mikano
Production: François Kraus, Denis Pineau-Valencienne, Fabien Coste / Les Films du Kiosque, Gibraltar Films, France 2 Cinéma, Ad Vitam
Sales: Films Distribution