Meet the Muslim Directors Behind ‘Bad Boys for Life’, Adil el Arbi and Billal Fallah!

In January, colleages and friends Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah went to the United States to finish filming “Bad Boys For Life”, the third part in the “Bad Boys” franchise. The movie’s first images have been released to the world. Famous actors Will Smith and Martin Lawrence play the lead roles as agents Mike and Marcus who decide to join forces one last time. “Bad boys, bad boys, what are you going to do?”

The story

In the third “Bad Boys” movie, police officers Mike Lowrey (Will Smith) and Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence) meet again when an Albanian mercenary, whose brother was murdered, promises them a big bonus for an assignment. Only their condition is a bit “different” than in the previous two films: Marcus is a police investigator and Mike is going through his midlife crisis. But just like in the previous films, you can expect exceptional action scenes, cool cars and lots of bad guys.

The film can be seen in theatres on January 19, 2020.

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Who are they?

Adil El Arbi (30 years old) and Bilall Fallah (33 years old) are film and television directors from Beligum and both have a Moroccan background. Adil and Bilall went to film school together. The first project that they directed is a short film called: Broeders (2011).  Their big debut was Image in 2014. After that they directed a movie based on a book of Dirk Bracke named Black (2015). Last year, they directed the spectacular movie Patser, which was a big hit in Belgium. All their movies discuss deeper societal problems, confronting the viewer with harsh realities. Black, for example, discussed the problem of gang formation and violence that young people in impoverished and marginalised areas in Brussels are confronted with. When one of the main characters, Mavela, a black girl who belongs to one of the gangs in Brussels, falls in love with a boy with a Moroccan background and belonging to a rivalry gang, she’s punished by her gang members with gang rape. The movie illustrates the intersectional nature of this kind of violence.

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But working in Belgium was just the beginning for them. The past year, the directors were in Miami for their Hollywood debut Bad Boys III, surrounding themselves with famous actors and producers – but, most importantly, staying down to earth and true to their own identity. We can’t wait to watch their movie!