ALGERIA / Call for the Khenchela cinematheque to re-open

The Journées cinématographiques de Khenchela took place from February 18th to 22nd, under the banner “The Emancipating Revolution – as seen through Algerian films”. To open up a wider debate and create a culture of community sharing, film screenings were organised in several communes: notably at Tamaza, Kaïs and Chechar.

Cinémathèque de Khenchela
Poster of the Journées cinématographiques de Khenchela

During the closing ceremony, there was an appeal to reopen the Khenchela Cinematheque, which has been closed for more than eight years, and also create a cinema club at the Ali Souaïhi Maison de Culture.

This appeal echoes the demands of the Association des producteurs algériens du cinéma (APAC) who held a press conference at the Algerian Cinematheque on February 24th. Members of APAC wanted to put forward ways of reviving Algeria’s cinemas and its film industry.
Producers Yasmine Chouikh, Lotfi Bouchouchi, Boualem Ziani and Belkacem Hadjadj raised the issues of financing, production, distribution, publicity and freedom which are the heart of their profession.

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