The Town of Owls is an isolated residential community situated in the High Atlas Mountains. It is inhabited by families and guards of a secret political prison camp, which remained out of history for a long time until the early 1990s. Guards spend their long days back and forth between the secret prison and the village, through a suspension bridge built upon a deep valley that connects the village with the fortress prison. The story is about people from different places with dissimilar destinies, yet coalesced together by a common fate that makes them realise that the Town of Owls is in fact a titanic prison in which everyone, including guards and residents, are held detainees.
Azlarabe Alaoui Lamharzi is a Moroccan film director, screenwriter, producer, and a university professor holding a Ph.D. in the Audio-visual and cinematic field. Azlarabe has made a myriad of films in a wide array of genres, yet focused more on the human rights issues. He has five short fiction films, Bidouza (2004), The Island of a Day (2005), See you in Volubilis (2006), Cedar Grains (2007), Izorane (2008) and The Blind and The Gypsy (2013). Correspondingly, he directed a group of documentary films for “Al Jazeera Documentary Channel” concerned with marginalized and socially oppressed people and produced a series of historical documentaries for the first Moroccan channel about celebrities who visited Morocco between 1830 and 1998. Concerning TV films, he has “The Devil’s Powder” in 2009, “Glass House” in 2010 and “The Postman” in 2011. He moved to the next category of feature films by making “Androman... Blood and Coal” in 2012, who has won 17 national and international awards. “Kilikis…The Town of Owls” is his new 2018 feature film.