France / Moments to look out for in the 23rd PriMed

On November 24th PRIMED returns – now in its 23rd year!

PRIMED is the Mediterranean festival of documentary and news reporting, organized by the CMCA (Centre Méditerranéen de la Communication Audiovisuelle) in partnership with France Télévisions, RAI, ASBU and INA. It’s a week of more than 40 hours of free screenings, showing a selection of 24 documentaries and short films from 17 countries. It’s impromptu meetings with directors, master-classes for high school students. It’s the Audience Award, the Mediterranean Young People’s Award, and many others. This year the jury is chaired by Benjamin Stora, a historian specialising in North Africa and immigration in France.

The festival takes place at the Mucem and at the Alcazar in Marseille from November 24th to 30th. The idea is to shed light on current events but also on the Mediterranean memory.

The festival opens at the Mucem on Sunday, November 24th with the Audience Award – members of the public watch 6 short films and then decide which is the best.

The week continues with public screenings in the presence of the directors, who afterwards answer questions from the audience.

Students from around the Mediterranean have taken part in “I, a Mediterranean Citizen” – a competition to make a one-minute film on a smartphone around the theme “Mediterranean woman, strong woman”. The two best films will receive awards at the closing ceremony on November 29th.

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