the Moroccan film “The Glass of Friendship” wins the jury prize

the Moroccan film “The Glass of Friendship” wins the jury prize
the Moroccan film “The Glass of Friendship” wins the jury prize

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May 19, 2024 At 10:25

In the category of feature filmthe jury of Khouribga International African Cinema Festival (FICAK)chaired by the Egyptian director Hala Khalilawarded the jury prize At Moroccan film “The Glass of Friendship”of Naoufel Berraouiwho also won the best screenplay award.r>r>

r>r>The movie Tunisian “Backstage“, of Afef Ben Mahmoud (Tunisia) And Khalil Benkirane (Morocco) won, for his part, the best achievement award.r>r>The best male role award was attributed to the actor Amadou Diop for his performance in the Senegalese film “Sada’s Sheep”from its director Pope Bouname Lop (Senegal), while the Cameroonian actress Stephanie Tum won the best female role award “Amina Rachid” for her role in the film “When the Levees Broke” of Musing Derick Tenn.r>r>At the same time, the “Don Quixote” Prizeawarded by the National Federation of Film Clubs in Morocco (FNCCM)returned to Moroccan film “The Silence of the Violins” from the Moroccan director Said Chraibiwhile the special mention was awarded to the Tunisian film “Backstage”, by Afef Ben Mahmoud (Tunisia) and Khalil Benkirane (Morocco).r>r>The Film Critics Award was given to the Rwandan director Myriam Uwiragiye Birara for his feature film “The Bride“.r>r>For short filmsTHE Grand prize of the festival was awarded to the Malian film “Wolowunla” of Fousseyni Maïga. THE Jury Prize was awarded to Kumbuka Maene (DRC) for his short film “Lobi Ekosimba“, while the special mention was awarded to the Rwandan director Remy Ryumugabe for his film “A Wingless bird that flies“.r>r>During the closing ceremony, which took place in the presence, in particular, of the governor of the province of Khouribga, Abdelhamid Chennourithe ambassador of Mali to Morocco, Fafre Camaraas well as the elite of 7th art in Africa and personalities from the world of culture and mediaa vibrant tribute was paid to the Ivorian actress Naky Sy Savanéin recognition of his artistic journey and his cinematographic contributions, in addition to his commitment to the social developmentnotably theaccess to education and theemancipation of women.r>r>Speaking on this occasion, the president of the Khouribga African Cinema Festival Foundation, Habib El Malki, indicated that the celebration of cinematographic arts in our continent constitutes a privileged moment to pay tribute to our artists, producers , distinguished actors and directors, who have left their mark on the development of the seventh art in Africa.r>r>”In a context full of uncertainties and where barriers of all kinds, real or imaginary, seem to multiply, cinema remains a bridge which ensures the connection between hearts and minds, and constitutes a universal language which transcends the differences, brings cultures together and contributes to unity,” he said.r>r>And Mr. El Malki added: “Let us ensure that we preserve this universal art, support it and consolidate it to make it an instrument of development and cohesion for the people of the continent and the rest of the world.”r>r>This edition (May 11-18), placed under the High patronage of His Majesty King Mohammed VIput in competition thirteen feature films made by filmmakers from eleven African countries, as well as 14 short films representing 13 countries on the continent.r>r>The Malian cinema was the guest of honor at this 24th edition of FICAK which saw the screening of six films by Malian filmmakers in the presence of directors, writers, artists and novelists from this country.r>r>Focused on “a cinema conscious of its time”, this 24th edition of FICAK intends to promote and perpetuate the African cinematic traditionswith a view to ensuring 7th African art the influence that rightly befits it.r>r>FICAK, whose first edition dates back to 1977, is considered to be one of the oldest film festivals in Morocco and the third African film festival on the continent.

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