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30 Jan – 9 Feb 2025

Leïla Kilani

Filmmaker, producer and screenwriter Leïla KILANI (1970, Morocco) studied Economics, and Mediterranean History and Civilisation at L’École des Hautes études en Sciences Sociales in Paris. She worked as a freelance journalist before making the switch to filmmaking. She has made documentaries on the lives of immigrants in the harbour town of Tangier, and on the repressive regime of the Moroccan King Hassan II. Kilani has scooped up awards for her work, including Best Director at Taormina International Film Festival in 2011, and the Special Jury Prize at Brussels International Independent Film Festival, for Sur la planche. She divides her time between Paris and Tangiers.


Tanger, le rêve des brûleurs/Tangier, the Burning Dream (2003, short doc), Zad moultaka/Passage (2003, doc), Nos lieux interdits/Our Forbidden Places (2009, doc), Sur la planche/On the Plank (2011), Birdland/Indivision (2023)

Leïla Kilani at IFFR

  • Birdland (Indivision)

    A combination of family melodrama, lyricism and revolutionary fable, starring a teenage superheroine for today.

    • Tiger Competition
  • Sur la planche

    Badia and Imane work in Tangier peeling shrimps and at night they earn money robbing men. The determined Badia hates peeling shrimps and sees two new

    • Bright Future