Lhe curtain opened this Friday, June 17 on the 10th edition of the Dakhla International Film Festival. The opening ceremony was marked by a tribute paid to Moroccan and African artists and filmmakers.
The festival paid tribute to actress Mouna Fettou and Moroccan director Jerôme-Cohen Olivar. The latter is the author of two great feature films “Kandisha”, which was one of the last appearances of the icon of world cinema David Carradine and “The midnight orchestras” with Gad Elmaleh and Hassan El Fad.
A tribute was also paid to the Rwandan director and producer Jacqueline Murekeyisoni, who is the director of the International Festival of Women’s Cinema and the director of the executive committee of the association “Cinéma des Femmes” in Rwanda which works for the training of an elite of female Rwandan filmmakers.
For the president of the festival, Zine El Abidine Charafeddine, “the African dimension of this festival is dictated by geography, culture and social ties, linking Dakhla to its African roots”.
For her part, actress Mouna Fettou said she was proud of this initiative and of her presence in Dakhla, welcoming the sincerity and spontaneity of the Dakhla public and the warm welcome received in the city, which gives him even more energy to continue in his artistic career.
Screenwriter and director Jérôme Cohen-Olivar expressed his pride in being among those honored, describing this tribute as“a new start for his professional career” and can only encourage him to persevere more in this field.
Tribute to the 7th African art
This cinematographic high mass celebrates African cinema through the presence of filmmakers from thirteen African countries, namely Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire, Nigeria, Ghana, Egypt, Cameroon, Burkina Faso, Tunisia, Rwanda, Chad and Benin. in addition to Morocco.
Seven feature films are in the running for the festival prizes, namely the Special Jury Prize, the Directing Prize and the Grand Prize. This is the film “Twelfth Night” by director Philippe Lacote from Côte d’Ivoire, the Nigerian film “Juju stories”, co-signed by three directors, Abba Tadurikini Makama, Fiery Obasi and Michael Omonua.
Also in the running, the film “Amansa Tiafi” by Ghanaian director Kofi Ofosu-Yeboah, “Bendskins” by Cameroonian director Narcisse Wandji, “Annatto” by Moroccan director and screenwriter Fatima Ali Boubekdi, “Breakable” by Egyptian director, Ahmed Rashwan and the film “La Traversée” by the Burkinabe director, Irène Tassembédo.
Chaired by the Senegalese producer, actor and filmmaker, Moussa Touré, the jury of this cinematographic meeting is composed of professionals of the 7th art such as the Moroccan actress, Farah El Fassi, the Congolese director, Fila David Pierre and the Tunisian director , Sami Talili.
In addition, the public will also have an appointment with the director Asmaâ Elmoudir for the preview of her documentary film “Massira”. In the general public screenings section, the inhabitants of Dakhla will be able to follow the Moroccan film “30 million” by director Rabie Sajid.