In 'Black,' Aboubakr Bensaihi, right, plays an Arab Romeo to Martha Canga Antonio's Juliet.
Photo courtesy of TIFF
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In a city locked down on high alert, one cinema dared to open its doors to show "Black" – a tense, violent, thriller version of Romeo and Juliet set among the gangs of the deprived Brussels district of Molenbeek, blamed for fomenting suicide attacks.A dozen people sat down to watch "Black" – a film that, even before the attacks in Paris on Nov. 13 were linked to Molenbeek, was an unsettlingly authentic take on life in Brussels' deprived neighborhoods.Mavela (Martha Canga Antonio), Marwan's "Juliet," is in reality from Flanders. For the purposes of the film, she is a member of the Black Bronx gang that hangs out in Matonge, an African area of Brussels named after a district of Kinshasa, capital of Congo.
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