A stopover in Egypt was the first stage of the 2019 Mediterranean Young People’s Award. PriMed went to Cairo, Alexandria and Port Said where 400 young people watched three selected films, discussed them, wrote their comments about them and finally voted for the one they thought best. An exercise designed to make them think about what it means to be part of the Mediterranean world.
Marwa El Sahn, Director of the Francophone Activities Centre at the Bibliotheca Alexandria, Hala El Mawi, film critic and Valérie Gerbault, Executive Manager of the CMCA, provided a guiding hand during the critical analysis of the films screened. Four young jury members were chosen to come to Marseille to take part in PriMed. They were selected for their ability to think, the relevance of what they said and the quality of their writing and analysis. Coming to Marseille is also an opportunity for them to meet and exchange ideas with high school students in southern France.
For the second year running PriMed also stopped in Palermo. From October 4th to November 14th a hundred high school students had the chance to participate in the Mediterranean Young People’s Award by becoming jury members. After viewing the three documentaries selected by the CMCA, the Palermo students met on November 8th at the RAI headquarters in Palermo to discuss the films and vote for the best one. Their votes will be added to those of other high school students across the Mediterranean to reward a director at the award ceremony to be held in Marseille on November 29th.