I Am Illegal

  • Director

    Meryem Lahlou

  • Country, Year, Length

    Morocco, 2022, 12:49

  • Category

    Documentary Short

  • Format


  • Festival Year


Film Screening & Ticket Information

When & Where to See this Film!

BEING SEEN: 2 films about perception.

April 25, 2024 @ 9:30PM • Kaufman Astoria Studios – Zukor Theatre

Film Bloc Line Up:


There is no such thing as being queer in Morocco


Meryem Lahlou, Director, Bare Bones
Meryem Lahlou, Producer
Hera Anderson, Key Cast
Brianna Brock, Key Cast

Director Statement

Go to the streets and ask random Moroccan people about their opinion on queer persons. What you hear in the film is what those random people said. It is what the public thinks. It is what the culture teaches. It is how we are educated in Morocco. So what do you do when you are not straight? The society may brainwash you, and in that case you deny your existence. The society may punish you, and in that case you end up in jail (if not beaten to death). If you are lucky enough, you run away

Director Biography

Meryem is a Moroccan artist who graduated in architecture in Paris and in fiction and entertainment in Los Angeles. Her works translate the use of spatial design as a medium of storytelling to explore humans’ anxieties.