The Dakhla International Film Festival reaffirms its African identity

Faithful to its habit of asserting its African identity as a gateway to the continent, the festival is planning a rich cultural and cinematic program this edition. This concerns films produced and created by African artists, reflecting the vitality and originality of the continent, both in its sub-Saharan part and in its Arab part. This programming forms a coherent and interconnected unit, while being open to the rest of Arab countries and the world. The objective is to promote a creative dialogue which also interests cinematographic actors from outside the continent, as clearly evidenced by the selection of films for this edition.

The hall of the Dakhla convention center will host the screening of several feature films including:

Goodbye Julia – Mohammed Kordofani- Sudan

The Ghost of Boko Haram – directed by Cyrille Raingou, from Cameroon

Me, captain – Matteo Garrone -Italy

When will Africa – David-Pierre Fila – Congo Brazzaville

Mami Wata – JS Obasi – Nigeria

Amakor – Ahmed Alkhudari – Kuwait

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Three – Nayla Al Khaja – United Arab Emirates

Glass of friendship – Naoufel Berraoui – Morocco

The jury for the feature film competition is chaired by Belgian director Manuel Poutte and includes university professor Sanaa Ghouati from Morocco, writer and director Rahmatou Keita from Niger, Egyptian actress Salwa Mohammad Ali and director Michael Rayburn from Zimbabwe .

The short film competition includes the following works:

Legacy – Hussein Hijazi – Lebanon

Lobi Ekosimba – Kumbuka Maini – Democratic Republic of Congo

Under silence – Mazigna Barros – Senegal

Sent from God – Amina Mamani – Niger

Al-Banjeri – Moosa Nasser Al-Kindi – Oman

Missing Mrs.V – Mena Yuosry – Egypt

Miss selfie – Naima Ziani – Morocco

Hair salon – Fatima Wardy – Sudan

The jury for the short film competition is made up of Moroccan director Adil Fadili as president, as well as Cameroonian director Mary-Noel Niba, cinematographer Amine Messadi from Tunisia, Moroccan journalist Laila Ellab and the director and chief editor Catherine Mantion from France.

Tributes, conference, masterclass and public screenings

Tributes will be paid to directors Joseph Kumbela from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mohamed Abderrahman Tazi from Morocco, as well as Moroccan actress Majdouline Idrissi.

In the field of culture and training, crucial for the film industry, a conference addressing an innovative perspective will be organized under the theme: “Cinema and artificial intelligence: a trapped gift? “. As well as a round table on “Cinema and the national narrative”, moderated by journalist Karim Douichi.

Also on the program are two masterclasses: the first will be led by American executive producer Monique R. Witte, focusing on “cinema and distribution: audiovisual distribution strategies”, while the second will be led by director Mohamed Abderrahman Tazi, sharing his cinematic expertise. Finally, a production workshop will be led by director Mohamed Ahed Bensouda.

As usual, public screenings open to the general public are planned, including new Moroccan films such as “The Divorcedes of Casablanca” by Mohamed Ahed Bensouda, and “Ana machi ana” by Hicham Jabbari. Animated films aimed at children will also be shown.

“Dakhla Project”

Dakhla Project, the new festival platform, has chosen a renowned jury.

Dakhla Project, the new festival platform, has chosen a renowned jury.

What marks a major development in this edition is the establishment of the “Dakhla Project” Platform, of Moroccan, African and Arab scope. Its objective is to offer material and training support to feature film script projects in development, fiction and documentary, of interest to both producers and directors, Arab, African or from their respective diaspora.

Thus, ten film projects were selected, from Senegal, Ivory Coast, Canada, Morocco, Tunisia and Egypt. Eligibility for this support will be assessed by an international jury of specialists, including Moroccan director Farida Benlyazid, Ouagadougou Festival delegate Alex Moussa Sowadego from Burkina Faso, director Moussa Touré from Senegal and writer and screenwriter Medhat El Adl of Egypt.

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