Oliver Black


by Tawfik Baba
Morocco | 2020 | 93 min | OV with Engl. Subs


The feature film debut of Moroccan director Tawfik Baba tells the story of young Vendredi, who crosses the desert alone to realize his dream of working for a circus in Morocco. On the way, he meets “White Man”, an old man, on his way to his granddaughter’s wedding. They develop a special relationship and help each other in several life-threatening situations. At that point, however, Vendredi has no idea that he has fallen in with a human trafficker…

Tawfik Baba is a filmmaker living in Ouarzazate, Morocco. His studies included French literature at university and then directing and screenwriting at the French art and media school STUDIO M in Casablanca. He loved writing as a teenager and tried to write poems, short stories and philosophical essays. When he lived in Ouarzazate, he worked in many different departments in shooting films such as “Rules of Engagement”, “Cleopatra”, “Babel”. In 2013 and 2014, as a screenwriter, he received the Moroccan Film Center Promotion Award for one short film each, and subsequently directed five more short films. In 2017, he wrote and directed his first indie feature film: OLIVER BLACK.