Nassima Guessoum's documentary 10,949 Femmes awarded in Algiers

Special mention for Bahia Bencheikh and Meriem Achour's Us, Outside, developed during DOCmed 2011

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Nassima Guessoum's documentary 10,949 Femmes awarded in Algiers

Algerian director Nassima Guessoum on Wednesday received the grand documentary prize at the 5th Algiers Film Festival (JCA) for 10,949 Femmes (lit. "10,949 Women"), reports Le Temps d’Algérie

In her documentary, the filmmaker tells the story of Nassima Hablal, one of the first women to fight for Algerian independence, as well as her fellow activists and cellmates.

In this same category, the Special Jury Prize was awarded to Bahia Bencheikh Lefgoun and Meriem Achour Bouakkaz for Us, Outside, a documentary dealing with the status of women in Algeria and their relationship with public space. The documentary was developed through Euromed Audiovisual's DOCmed 2011 programme.

The jury chaired by the filmmaker Abdelkrim Bahloul also decided to award a special mention to Algeria, la dernière génération, a documentary by French filmmaker Eveline Garcia Jousset.

Young director Hamé Boroukba, received the award for Best Short Film, Ce chemin devant moi (lit. "This journey ahead of me"), recounting a night of confrontation between youth and the police in a French suburban town.

For his second short film Passage à niveau (lit. "Level crossing"), Algerian filmmaker Anis Djaad was awarded the Special Jury Prize for a short film. The jury also gave Special Mentions to two more Algerian works: Redouane Beladjila's Suicide and Myriam Chetouane's Culture d’apparence.

The Audience Award went to Fethi Jouadi's  documentary Boumediene, Thair, Yabni Daula (lit. "Boumediene, a revolutionary, builds a state"). 

The new Association of Arab Film Unions Award went to Egyptian director Ahmed Atef for his film Before Spring.

In a national screenwriting contest, Best Short Film Script went to director Ammar Si Fodhil's La fille de mon quartier (lit. "The girl from my neighbourhood"), while Special Mentions went to Mohamed Stiti and Kamel Rouini who co-wrote La grandeur de l’aube (lit. "The greatness of dawn") and Djamel Mohammedi for his script for the documentary Retour au Berceau du Cinéma Algérien (lit. "Return to the Cradle of Algerian Cinema").

The 5th Algiers Film Festival ran from November 8 to 12.


Source: Le Temps d’Algérie

Photo: Nassima Guessoum
's 10,949 femmes

Translation: Yma de Almeida

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