In Brussels’ North Quarter, in the shadow of the Manhattan Towers, migrants, neighborhood residents and casual passersby cross each other’s paths. Said, a new Brussels resident in the neighborhood, dreams of giving his family a better future. He would like to set up an independent ambulance service. He will sacrifice everything for his dream but soon his dream appears to be nothing more than a mere bubble. A rock-hard confrontation with social injustice.
BXL-NORD is a social-artistic film project by Globe Aroma. It was directed by directors Jan Geers and Jamal Boukhriss. The story is inspired and based on stories and improvisations from residents and visitors in the North Quarter. 22 actors play roles in the film. Brussels women and men, aged between 9 and 86, with 10 different nationalities: a taximan and housewives, musicians and servants, refugees and other newcomers.
A true melting pot, which is also reflected in the film’s crew: 6 workshop participants were assigned to the filmset as interns; within the set crew, as accessoirist, as assistant light or steward.
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El Hadji Abou Sy, Emmanuèlle Pollet, Georgette Vandecruys, Hein van den Brempt, Hussein Ali Al Zoubaidi, Jacques Bugingo, Jeanine Hannaert, Jean-Pierre Tourneur, Juliette Vrancken, Lize Peeters, Luce Aerts, Mahamadou Abdoulaye, Mohamed Akalay, Mohammed Aitba, Morlaye Conté, Mustapha Hadir, Nicole Lehaux, Saïd El Jaroudi, Samba Sy, Scherezade Lizarrago Gamero, Shilemeza Prins, Souhil Moulay Taib, Souleymane Diané, Thomas Van Campenhout, Yao Issifou, Youri Dirkx
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© Photos by Andreas van Esbroeck