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To expand the diversification of the Spanish film and television sector, Moroccan-Spanish director, Soel Nouri Cazorla “Azahar Baby”, is 10 of ten projects presented at the first San Sebastian Conference for Creative Investors, co-organized with CAA Media Finance.

Written and directed by Nouri (“Gate of Heaven,” “The Man Who Sold the World”), this fictional project is the first to come out of Nouri’s Gate and executive producer Sonia Ziadi Trives, also Moroccan-Spanish, on the Madrid-based co-production project, Two Flavors Productions. .

“Azahar Baby” is a drama about coming of age. It tells the story of Youssef, an aspiring filmmaker who makes a documentary to understand his identity as a second-generation Moroccan immigrant.

The two directors said that the project shows a vision of Arab Spain that is very realistic, but much more subtle and more optimistic than most of the images.

We felt it was a bet that we would be selected for the conference. “It is the first project from our production company,” said Ziadi Trevis. “We need partners and people who believe in the project. We need not only money, but also people.”

The Madrid-based entity seeks to address what the partners have identified as a lack of diversity in the Spanish film and television sector. Two Flavors’ initial line-up focuses on the second generation of Moroccans in Spain. The North African country makes up the largest immigrant group in Spain. Note Ziadi Trevis. The two partners are from Casablanca, born to Moroccan parents of Spanish origin.

The second feature in the works is the sports drama “Atika”. The main character is a young Spanish girl, of Moroccan descent, who comes from a dysfunctional family where violence is the norm.

A friend advises her to try to fight. But, as a Muslim woman in a world of men, Attica soon realizes that entering the cage isn’t the hardest part.

“The world of martial arts and martial arts is one of Soil’s passions, and it’s a very interesting topic to tackle,” says Ziadi Trives. “There are more and more Arab Muslim women in this arena and we’d like to explore it more.”

The budget range for features in Two Flavors is in the €3.5 million – €4 million ($3.5 million – $4 million) range, which is a relatively high range in post-pandemic Spain.

“Azahar Baby” is “the first step to a bigger mission,” says Nouri. “Two Flavors was created to give voice to the voiceless minorities in our audiovisual business. We wanted to create the company because all these films coming from the United States show a lot of integration. We thought Spain was falling behind in this respect.”

Ziadi Trives added: “We have been watching the arts in Spain, and the second generation of immigrants is doing interesting things, but it is late in the audiovisual scene. Plus there is a rejection of other cultures based on ignorance. Terrorists are portrayed through the media, but what about All normal people who have normal questions?”

The two first worked together in 2005 to bring Nuri’s film “The Gate of Heaven” to Berlin. He co-directed the Moroccan story with his brother Imad.

“Immigrant cultures feel very rejected. Unfortunately, the Arab world suffers from severe discrimination. Against. The audiovisual sector is the right place to address this,” Nouri said, “especially with the rise of far-right parties.”

(Swel Nuri plans to use the Swel name in future projects.)

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