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Bastardo wins Best African Feature at the 24th Milan Festival of African, Asian and Latin American Film
The second full length film from Tunisian director Nejib Belkadhi, Bastardo has won the 'Best African Feature' award at the 24th Milan Festival of African, Asian and Latin American Film. The film’s official synopsis reads:
“This is the story of Mohsen aka Bastardo, a man with no origins or history, who’s always been excluded and rejected by the inhabitants of his poor neighborhood. After having been fired from his job, Mohsen, thanks to his friend Khlifa, has a GSM relay installed on his roof for a substantial monthly income. This aerial enables the neighborhood inhabitants to finally enjoy mobile telephony and the modernity of which they’d been deprived until then. This event will disrupt life in the neighborhood, and Mohsen’s too, whose social and financial situation improve by the day. But that’s not counting the unscrupulous district mobster, who doesn’t approve of Mohsen’s ascent. This leads to a merciless fight between both men for the domination of the district.”
“Bastardo is a prophetic film on the political fate of Tunisia,’’ Belkadhi has said regarding his sophomore effort. "Power and corruption have been part of our lives for decades, and less than three years after the revolution, I am still wondering if we made it. Back in 2007, when I began writing the script, I had one thought in mind: my main character Bastardo shouldn’t choose power. It’s rather power that chooses him and radically changes him.” Belkadhi is also behind the critically acclaimed documentary VHS Kahloucha (2006) which tells the story of amateur Tunisian filmmaker Moncef Kahloucha. Watch the gripping trailer for Bastardo below.