A detailed report on the 12th edition of the film festival of the people of Imouzzer Kandar

CCI organized from 12 to 15 November 2015 the 12th edition of the film festival of peoples in the cultural complex of Imouzzer Kandar.

the first day:

The event began Thursday, November 12 at 17:00. The official opening ceremony was supported by a large audience: visitors, guests of the festival, representatives of local and provincial authorities in addition to local councilors and the media.

The warmth had its heyday during the posthumous tribute rendered to the soul of Bastaoui Mohammed, currently characterized by the living testimony presented by the versatile artist Aziz Hakim, against his deceased friend.

This moment was chained by viewing the latest short film by Mohammed Bastaoui “volcano ash” of the Swiss director Maria Nicolie and by offering symbolic and lucrative gifts, presented by the governor of the province of Sefrou to the widow of the artist: the actress Souad Nejjar.

In the second part, a testimony was given by the festival’s artistic director, critic Ahmed Sijilamssi for Algerian director Cherif Aggoune who received financial and symbolic gifts starring the screening of his feature film “Heroine “the end of the opening festivities.

It is noteworthy that before the tributes, speeches were given by the festival director M Rami, director of the French Institute of Fez Christophe Steyer, the representative of the IRCAM Hasnaoui Ibrahim and the festival’s representative off-Courts Trouville France.

They all confirmed the value of the Festival as a cultural event, artistic and scalable, working to develop the cultures and customs of the peoples of the world, and as a celebration of cinema stage of peoples embodying the spirit of peaceful coexistence and tolerance.

After a coffee break the festival jury was presented chaired by the Moroccan director Azlarabe Alaoui and the Tunisian director Mouiz Belhassan, French writer-director and critic Hugues Fléchard, the Moroccan researcher Ilham Bouriki, and the expert, director and librarian Fatima Ben Salem Erreragragi.

After that the first group of competiting films was revealed they were:
- “Summer Days” by Moroccan director Imad Badi
- “The Enigma” by Moroccan director Sbaai FIDAE
- “Sugar” by German director Armin Mobasseri.
- “No 11″ by French director Lorena Feleï
- “Who Am I” by Algerian director Salem Kamouni
- “If the sea is dying,” French director Lorris Coulon.

The second day:

The morning of 13 November was reserved for lights setup of Badalona Festival of Barcelona in the guest card and in the afternoon the second part of the competition films was presented:
- “Gnawa” My jaafar Moroccan director El Badi.
- “The last gallop” of Moroccan director Zineb Chafchaouni
- “The number 13″ of Moroccan director Lakhdar El Hamdaoui.
- “Nothing of the Tour” by Belgian director Patrick Louwerce.
- “Postcard” by Canadian director Sandrine Brodeur-Desrosiers.
- “Vibration” by French director Alban Van Wassenhove
- “Adam’s Apple” of Moroccan director Jilali Zouhair.
- “The ashes of the volcano,” the director Maria Nicollier
- “My briefcase,” Moroccan director Mohamed Ahazzaoui.

At 17:00 the feature film “Androman” was presented in the presence of its director Azlarabe Alaoui. By the way the room was packed with public reacting with fervor to the events of the film, its theme and the way of its realization.

the third day:

14 November was particularly characterized by the organization of a symposium under the theme “The documentation of Moroccan Cinematographic Memory: Reality and Horizons” in two parts: the first being the subject of an historic 20-minute film “the light of heirs,” documentary by Bouchta El Machrouh.

The activities of the conference were led by artistic director Prof. Ahmed Sijilmassi. Four speakers participated in the first course. The first was Mohammed El Bouayadi dealing with a part of the biography of the director Mohammed Ousfour and different phases of his creative cinematic experience. He called for the need to reverse the accumulation of the father of Moroccan cinema by re-reading, understanding and its categorization.
Then Dr. Mohammed El Ouahabi Lemrini stepped focusing on the sides of French and Spanish colonial cinema and based on detailed figures of the number of films shot in Morocco during the period of colonization. After, Amer Jerky has treated the subject of the documentary film and its role in the preservation of traditions. He noted at the same time the need to reconsider this type of films in the Moroccan Cinematographic space. Finally Bouchta El Machrouh presented the new data, around Morocco to film history, required to re-examine the Moroccan cinematographic tradition through research on more truths.

As for the second course, there were four other teachers who are:
Mohammed Zaroual within the Moroccan media report with documentation of cinematic memory focusing on the experience of electronic media. Then Dr. Fouad Quachachi has presented a model starting from his study of the experience of the film club Imouzzer Kandar and examples of club publications from the perspective of the restoration of historical memory. Then Ahmed Arroube stressed the failure of Morocco in the consideration of cinematographic traditions including institutions responsible for the area. Finally Professor Youssef Ait Hammou raised questions about the future requiring reconsideration of the Moroccan cinematographic tradition. On the occasion he called for the democratization of the field in blaming the citizen.

The symposium ended with typical interventions of assistance showing the importance of the chosen theme that has received positive responses to interventions, ideas, analyzes and suggestions.

During the afternoon the third part of the competition films was projected as follows:
- “M’berra” of Moroccan director Sita Hajar.
- “Basket of Death” by Moroccan director Med Harmas.
- “By the Stairs” by French director Anne-Marie Bouchard.
- “The Girl of the Combine …” Albanian director Marsilda Balla.
- “Operation Trouville” French director Ran Miliaro
- “END-A-BOUT” of Moroccan director Asmae El Moudir
- “Enemies” of Bulgarian director Hristo Simeonov.

At 16:30 the feature film “Aida” by director Driss Lemrini was screened in the presence of a mixed room-full public. The latter responded positively to all Moroccan films in the program.

At 18:00, short films created by the youth of Imouzzer Kandar and other Moroccan cities in the card laboratory cinematic creativity, were viewed outdoors under supervision, for the second successive year of French specialists partnership between CCI, Off-Courts Trouville and IRCAM (this laboratory began a week before the opening of the twelfth edition of the Festival between 5 and 11 November). These projections were welcomed by city residents, interested in the festival and all its guests.

It is known that the number of short films produced by this laboratory was 15 whose themes were differentiat, the most important being the linguistic component of Amazigh culture and civilization.

The young designers have received intense theoretical and scientific training in the field and presence  of French practitioners starting with scriptwriting, directing, framing, shooting, sound … Subsequently interested started by group of tourganes and achievements overseen by the French laboratory supervisors.

At 19.00 the prizes e of the competitions were awarded in the hall of the cultural complex, to the winners after the reading of the jury report. And the grand prize was awarded to Imade Badi for his film “Summer Days”, the jury  award was given to Hristo Simonov for his film “Enemies”, the third enhancement of the culture of people was Hajar Sita for ” M’Berra “one of the best pictures Moroccan Asmae El Moudir for” End to End “and the audience award was given to the Algerian Salem Kamouni for his short film” Who Am I “.

It should be noted that the films in competition were 22 in number, these are short films by young Moroccan directors, Algerian, Bulgarian, French, German, Belgian, Swiss, Canadian and Albanian.

the fourth day:

On 15 November and last day of the two new CCI publications festival were presented and signed. The first, in partnership with IRCAM, entitled “the components of the Amazigh culture in Moroccan cinema” and the second, ninth club book is entitled “lights on the Moroccan cinematographic tradition.”

At the beginning, the club president Mustafa Akharzouz estimated record time of production of these two works and the challenges faced by the executive office of the club and by the administration of the festival to ensure continuity of annual editions of the Club who are the image radiant with its cinematic cultural activity. Just after Professor Driss Azdoud IRCAM, who collected the data  of the first book and coordinated between writers, researchers and critics, presented the content of the publication, which is basically a grouping study day’s work organized by IRCAM in partnership with the film festival of nations in its 11th edition in November 2014.

This book, published by Al Horya Fez is actually 96 pages, of medium volume, is presented in its Arab part by Professor Ahmed Assid and composed of the same five interventions:
⁃ “the components of the Amazigh culture in Moroccan cinema: feature and acculturation” written by Ibrahim Hasnaoui.
⁃ “Amazigh in Moroccan cinema: between the implicit and the explicit” Mohammed Zaroual
⁃ “aesthetics Short Amazigh Film ” Mustafa Oufqir
⁃ “sacred Amazigh customs in the film Atlas treasures” Said Chamlale
⁃ “Comedy in the Amazigh film: aspects of Amazigh cultural characteristics” of Fouad Azroual

the French part of the book is made of two presentations, the first “illusion” of Driss Azdoud and the second “the symbols of Amazigh culture in Moroccan films” written by Tijani Saadani.

Later the festival’s artistic director, who coordinated between the various parts, presented the second book illustrated with photos signaling the change experienced by the film festival of nations in its 2015 edition which consists in the organization of conference of “documentation of cinematic memory in Morocco: reality and horizons”

The day after the book “Light of the Moroccan cinematographic traditions”, publishedby Al Horya average volume of 180 pages was signed.

It consists in its Arab part by the introduction of Abdellah Arfaoui the film club Imouzzer and the following six actions:
⁃ “the History  of Moroccan cinema, who is responsible?” Ahmed Sijilmassi.
⁃ “The Moroccan film tradition through the colonial cinema” Dr. Mohamed El Ouahabi Lemrini.
⁃ “The insisting need to enhance Mohamed Ousfour” written by Mohamed El Bouayadi.
⁃ “New data on film debut in Morocco,” Boucha of El Machrouh.
⁃ “The media and the cinema in Morocco: the informative function in the service of documentation,” Mohammed Zaroual.
⁃ “Profiles of the contribution of festivals in the documentation of the Moroccan cinematographic memory: reading in the publications of the film festival of nations as a model” of Fouad Quachachi.

Its French component consists of three interventions:
⁃ “About the importance of filmic traditions” Ahmed Arribe.
⁃ “To Make a tradition of Moroccan cinema” Youssef Ait Hammou.
⁃ “The documentary and writing against forgetting and marginalization” of Amer Jerky.

Finally at 15:00, the closing of the twelfth edition of the film festival of the people took place by the film “The Postman” of the director Hakim Nouri followed by an audience which was mixed and of different ages.

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