Category: MAGHREB

News about audiovisuel in MAGHREB Region

Morocco / 1st Casablanca Arab Film Festival

Festival du Film Arabe de Casablanca

The first Casablanca Arab Film Festival was held from December 10th to 15th in the Ritz, Rialto and Rif cinemas. The festival offered Moroccan audiences a rich programme, with 8 films in competition and two broader overviews: one on Moroccan and the other on Arab films. In addition to screenings, the festival offered two master …

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Morocco / Marrakesh International Film Festival

Festival International de Cinéma de Marrakech

The 17th Marrakesh International Film Festival opened on November 30th at the Palais des Congrès with the screening of Julian Schnabel’s At Eternity’s Gate. The director’s sixth feature is about the last years of Vincent Van Gogh’s life, performed by actor Willem Dafoe. After a year’s absence the festival made its comeback with many new …

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Morocco / 2M launches “Africa Women Experts”, a digital platform for women

2M

On November 5th the “Parity and Diversity” committee of the Moroccan channel 2M announced the launch of the first digital platform for professional African women. Khadija Boujanoui, chair of the committee, said the ambition of this “constructive interaction platform [is] to create a dialogue between well-qualified women on the African continent,” adding that the goal …

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Tunisia / Creation of Doc House, a structure for documentaries in Tunisia

Soumaya Bouallegui

Doc House, an independent organisation for encouraging and promoting documentaries in Tunisia and North Africa, was opened at the end of October by a group of Tunisian directors and academicians. Soumaya Bouallegui, a film director and Doc House’ executive director, said the goal is to encourage both the distribution of documentaries and networking among professionals. …

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Morocco / Agadir International Festival of Cinema and Migration

Festival International Cinéma et Migrations d'Agadir

The 15th edition of this Moroccan festival, organized by an association called “L’initiative Culturelle”, closed on Saturday, November 10th at the newly-renovated Rialto Cinema. The Turkish film More, directed by Onur Saylak, won the Grand Prix, in competition with 9 other feature films. More is about Gaza, a young man whose dreams of studying clash …

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Tunisia / Check out the winners of the Carthage Film Festival

Journées Cinématographiques de Carthage

Carthage Film Festival closed on November 10th in Tunis. The Tunisian film Fatwa, directed by Mahmoud Ben Mahmoud and co-produced by the Dardenne brothers, won the festival’s most prestigious award, the Golden Tanit for a Feature Film. 13 films competed in the official competition. Fatwa also won Best Actor Award for Ahmed Hafiane’s performance. The …

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Morocco / Nabil Ayouch shooting “Positive School”

Nabil Ayouch

Nabil Ayouch began filming his new film Positive School in Casablanca on July 16th. Ayouch was “the discovery” of the 1999 Berlinale Forum with his first feature, Mektoub. Two years later the Franco-Moroccan film-maker won several awards for Ali Zaoua, prince de la rue. Two of his films have been shown at Cannes: Les cheveaux …

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