Dakhla International Film Festival
The feature film “Annatto” by Moroccan director and screenwriter Fatima Ali Boubekdi won the Dakhla Grand Prix at the 10th edition of the Dakhla International Film Festival, which ended on Sunday.
The Jury Prize of this festival organized under the High Patronage of HM King Mohammed VI was awarded to the film “The Night of the Kings” by director Philippe Lacôte from Côte d’Ivoire.
The Best Actress Award was won by actress Hanane Metouaâ, for her role in the film “Unbreakable” by Egyptian director Ahmed Rashwan.
The Prize for Best Actor went to Bakari Koné for his role in the film “La nuit des rois” by Philippe Koné (Côte d’Ivoire).
In a statement to MAP, the president of the festival, Zine El Abidine Charafeddine, underlined that the festival had a great influx of fans of the seventh art, noting that the success of this edition is a source of motivation for more perseverance in this way, especially since Dakhla deserves such an artistic manifestation.
For her part, director Fatima Ali Boubekdi expressed her pride in having won the Dakhla Grand Prix, given that it is her first coronation in Morocco, after having won numerous prizes at the international level.
Seven feature films were in the running for the festival prizes. These are 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, 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 Burkinabè director, Irène Tassembédo.
Chaired by the Senegalese producer, actor and filmmaker, Moussa Touré, the jury of this cinematographic meeting was composed of professionals of the 7th art, namely the Moroccan actress Farah El Fassi, the Congolese director Fila David Pierre and the Tunisian director Sami Tali.
Initiated by the association for cultural and artistic animation in the southern provinces, this cinematographic high mass celebrated African cinema through the presence of filmmakers from twelve African countries, namely Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire, Nigeria, Ghana, Egypt, Cameroon, Burkina Faso, Tunisia, Rwanda, Chad and Benin in addition to Morocco.
The opening ceremony of this 10th edition was marked by a tribute to Moroccan and African artists and filmmakers, namely Moroccan star Mouna Fettou, Moroccan director Jerôme-Cohen Olivar and Rwandan director and producer Jacqueline Murekeyisoni.
During this film meeting, the university researcher in the literary, human and social sciences, Maguéye Kassé, was appointed as an ambassador of the Dakhla International Film Festival,
Training workshops were also organized for members of film clubs in the southern provinces, before the opening and throughout the days of the festival.
These are training workshops on “writing a documentary film” and “producing a short film”, in addition to the production of a short film for one of the beneficiaries of these training by the festival management in partnership with London Art House Film Festival.
This 10th edition of the Dakhla International Film Festival was marked by the presence of the secretary general of the wilaya, Moulay Ismail Haikal, elected officials, African consuls accredited to Dakhla and personalities from the world of art and culture.