Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah: rebels with a cause at Cannes

Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah: rebels with a cause at Cannes
Prolific directors’ latest film ’Rebel’ plays out of competition in Cannes

When Belgian-Moroccan filmmakers Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah first met at film school in Belgium together, they were drawn together for very obvious reasons.

“Everyone [else] was white,” Adil remembers.

Bilall was the only other Moroccan. “That’s why he talked to me. He said, ‘are you Moroccan’ and that’s how it started.”

Thus began a beautiful friendship which has seen the duo directing movies that have caused riots in Belgian cinemas (2015’s Black) and have topped US box office charts (2020’s Bad Boys For Life starring Will
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