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Dwelling In The Authentic: Otman Salil’s ‘Le Fils Des Amazones’
The Franco-Moroccan actor/director debuts a tribute to the beauty of Morocco through his new film.
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By means of delivering a “visual poem” to his country, Otman’s work is one that dwells in the authentic. Having recently written and directed his first theatre piece, Gravitational (in collaboration with cast members Willy Cartier and Rachida Khalil), the Franco-Moroccan Actor/Director returns to propose his debut film, Le Fils des Amazones. Through a creative treatment of actuality, it follows the journey of a lonely young boy named Ward and the discovery that he is the result of a well-kept secret.

The film seeks to pay homage to childhood in Morocco through the eyes of a 10-year-old boy. Though beyond this, the story is also one of single-motherhood. One which seeks to portray the nuances of their experiences in a society that still holds a stigma towards them. These characters really existed, so Otman aims to bring life to them, devoid of all caricatures. As the Director reflects, “I want to sublimate the beauty of their history, to make it accessible to all. I’m moved by women who can handle these situations and keep their dignity with pride and without violence. Subtlety and poetry are mixed through so many of their ways, words, and movements”.

To him, these themes hold a particular significance, notably as the story was inspired by his own father. He is the one who grew up with his mother and grandmother,” Otman notes. “I realized that, at the end of the day, what we know from our parents is only their adult figures. I wanted to recreate what moves me through his childhood story and recreate a character that would be the emblem of these children who are growing without a father figure. In a society where single mothers are viciously banned, especially when they have kids without being married”.

otman sail
otman sail

The film’s veracity will only further be heightened through its on-location setting, which is due for shooting in the very same place his father was born. It’s the original location, and I think that something magical will happen while we will be shooting the scenes. The souls of the original women will be haunting the movie, and that’s something very emotional”. With regards to casting, the film promises a spectacle of raw talent, featuring Nadia Kounda, Fatima Attif, Karim Ait M’Hand, and Fatima Zahra Jawhari. Nadia was an obvious choice for the mother,” Otman reflects, “first of all, she is very talented, but to me, she is also proof that softness can be powerful. Her eyes seem to hold a secret constantly”. As the film proceeds with production through these uncertain times, Otman extends invitations for participation. To contribute towards the making of this project, visit here.

Dwelling In The Authentic: Otman Salil’s ‘Le Fils Des Amazones’
The Franco-Moroccan actor/director debuts a tribute to the beauty of Morocco through his new film.
otman sail

By means of delivering a “visual poem” to his country, Otman’s work is one that dwells in the authentic. Having recently written and directed his first theatre piece, Gravitational (in collaboration with cast members Willy Cartier and Rachida Khalil), the Franco-Moroccan Actor/Director returns to propose his debut film, Le Fils des Amazones. Through a creative treatment of actuality, it follows the journey of a lonely young boy named Ward and the discovery that he is the result of a well-kept secret.

The film seeks to pay homage to childhood in Morocco through the eyes of a 10-year-old boy. Though beyond this, the story is also one of single-motherhood. One which seeks to portray the nuances of their experiences in a society that still holds a stigma towards them. These characters really existed, so Otman aims to bring life to them, devoid of all caricatures. As the Director reflects, “I want to sublimate the beauty of their history, to make it accessible to all. I’m moved by women who can handle these situations and keep their dignity with pride and without violence. Subtlety and poetry are mixed through so many of their ways, words, and movements”.

To him, these themes hold a particular significance, notably as the story was inspired by his own father. He is the one who grew up with his mother and grandmother,” Otman notes. “I realized that, at the end of the day, what we know from our parents is only their adult figures. I wanted to recreate what moves me through his childhood story and recreate a character that would be the emblem of these children who are growing without a father figure. In a society where single mothers are viciously banned, especially when they have kids without being married”.

otman sail
otman sail

The film’s veracity will only further be heightened through its on-location setting, which is due for shooting in the very same place his father was born. It’s the original location, and I think that something magical will happen while we will be shooting the scenes. The souls of the original women will be haunting the movie, and that’s something very emotional”. With regards to casting, the film promises a spectacle of raw talent, featuring Nadia Kounda, Fatima Attif, Karim Ait M’Hand, and Fatima Zahra Jawhari. Nadia was an obvious choice for the mother,” Otman reflects, “first of all, she is very talented, but to me, she is also proof that softness can be powerful. Her eyes seem to hold a secret constantly”. As the film proceeds with production through these uncertain times, Otman extends invitations for participation. To contribute towards the making of this project, visit here.

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