THE ARAB WORLD / Netflix launches “The Fastest”, first Arab reality TV series

The Fastest

Netflix is ​​launching “The Fastest”, a 6-episode reality TV series about racing drivers – men and women – in the Arab world. The trailer sets the tone: “It’s not only the car. It’s the car, the driver, the setup. It’s everything.” This is the streaming giant’s first-ever unscripted, Arabic-language work. Season 1 shows the drivers …

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PORTUGAL / «918 Gau» wins the International Competition of the 19th DocsLisboa

918 Gau

After its world premiere during the DocsLisboa festival, Arantza Santesteban’s “918 Gau” (918 Nights) won the event’s most prestigious award: the City of Lisbon Award for Best Film in International Competition. 10 years after her release from prison, the Spanish director has recreated the circumstances of her arrest in a first person narrative: “On October …

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FRANCE / Coming in 2022: film training in Martigues

1000 visages

The organisation 1000 visages is offering young people aged 16 to 30 a chance to access various film professions free and without conditions, whatever their economic, geographic or social situation. There are three teaching strands: acting, writing and directing. Created in 2006 by Houda Benyamina, director of the film “Divines”, 1000 visages is currently based …

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ITALY / The 62nd Festival dei Popoli offers a retrospective on the work of French film-makers Nicolas Klotz and Elisabeth Perceval

Festival dei Popoli

Europe’s oldest documentary event, the Festival dei Popoli, will run in Florence from November 20th to 28th. This year, in addition to the two competitions – international (18 documentaries not yet shown in Italy) and Italian (7 premiers) – the festival is hosting the first Italian retrospective of the films of French directors Nicolas Klotz …

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FRANCE / For its 10th year the Noisy-le-Sec Festival of Franco-Arab Film puts Palestine in the seat of honour

FFA 2021

Having been cancelled in 2021 because of the health crisis, the Franco-Arab Film Festival (FFFA) of Noisy-le-Sec ran from November 12th to 23rd. Since 2011 this annual event has supported “recent films by film-makers from Arab countries and French directors whose backgrounds and concerns are linked to those countries.” A total of 29 feature films, …

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ALGERIA / A National Centre for the Film Industry soon in Algiers

Youcef Sehairi

On October 24th a presidential decree formalized the creation of the Centre National de l’Industrie Cinématographique Algérien (National Centre for the Film Industry) in the capital. Back in 2020 the Algerian Secretary of State to the Minister of Culture and Arts, Bechri Youcef Sehairi, said that “evolving from diverse cinematographic activity to a real industry …

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CROATIA / “NDH”, HRT’s first documentary series about the Ustaše government

HRT

Since September the Croatian public radio and television company HRT has been broadcasting “NDH”, the first documentary series about the Independent State of Croatia (NDH) which was governed by the Ustaše during World War II. A subject which, 45 years after the end of the war, remains extremely sensitive. NDH and the Ustaše Created after the …

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