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27/05/2012

Merzak Allouache: a film against “the amnesia of silence”Merzak Allouache: a film against “the amnesia of silence”

Merzak Allouache is at the Cannes Film Festival with his film Le Repenti

“We must talk, talk about everything. A society that respects itself raises all topics without taboo. In order to advance.” In Cannes, Algerian director Merzak Allouache screened Le Repenti (lit. “The Repentant”), a film that questions “the...

Algeria

20/05/2012

El Taaib: the dangerous burdens of the pastEl Taaib: the dangerous burdens of the past

A man flees across an immense desert, a heavy bag on his back, tripping over rocks and glancing nervously behind him as he runs. Here is a man deserting terrorism. But here is also Algeria, stumbling under the inherited burden of its civil war in...

Events and Festivals, Industry, Algeria

07/05/2012

Algerian cinema: an endagered heritageAlgerian cinema: an endagered heritage

Mohamed Bensalah writes about the sad state of his country’s film archives

“To pay tribute to the State’s achievements in the battle against the attacks, prejudices, and damage suffered by cultural goods and to recognise all those who lend their expertise to preserving the country’s heritage and cultural values.” Our...

Industry, Algeria

30/04/2012

Cinemas to generate jobs, says Algerian culture ministerCinemas to generate jobs, says Algerian culture minister

Algerian cinemas are to be renovated and managed by unemployed graduates after special training

Cinemas will be taken over and renovated by the Algerian state, then managed by unemployed graduates to be trained in cinematography and management, has announced Algerian culture minister Khalida Toumi. Once established, this network of cinemas...

Industry, Algeria

30/04/2012

Algeria to set up its pavilion in Cannes’ International VillageAlgeria to set up its pavilion in Cannes’ International Village

For the first time since independence, Algeria will have a pavilion at Cannes’ International Village

For the first time since 1962, Algeria will have a pavilion at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival’s International Village, an important venue for national film industries and international film associations to promote their films, network, and...

Events and Festivals, Algeria

25/04/2012

Allouache at the Directors’ Fortnight and two Israeli films at the Critics’ Week in CannesAllouache at the Directors’ Fortnight and two Israeli films at the Critics’ Week in Cannes

The programmes of Cannes sidebar sections the Directors’ Fortnight and the Critics’ Week have been unveiled, with more South Mediterranean productions going to the festival besides those previously announced in the official selection and those...

Events and Festivals, Algeria, Israel

04/04/2012

Berber film honoured in KabylieBerber film honoured in Kabylie

The 12th Berber Film Festival (FCNAFA) ended on a high note on March 28 at the Kateb Yacine Theatre in Tizi-Ouzou.

Vava Moh by director Smail Yazid won the prestigious Olivier d'Or award in the fiction feature film category. In the documentary category, the award went to La langue de Zahra by Fatima Sissani. Encre et le monde by Sofiane Bellali won the best...

Events and Festivals, Algeria

04/04/2012

Algerian cinema needs government’s support, says film criticAlgerian cinema needs government’s support, says film critic

Algerian cinema cannot be revived without the intervention of public authorities, has said Mouloud Mimoun, a film critic and the director of the Paris North African Cinema FIlm Festival. The Algerian state needs a targeted strategy to do so, and...

Industry, Algeria

03/04/2012

Film about national hero approved by Ministry of MujahedinFilm about national hero approved by Ministry of Mujahedin

After over three years of waiting, Ahmed Rachedi’s film about a famous figure in the Algerian War of Independence has finally been approved.

According to the website Maghreb Emergent, the screenplay for a film about Krim Belkacem, one of the most prominent figures in Algeria’s War of Independence, by Algerian director Ahmed Rachedi, has been approved by the Ministry of Mujahedin,...

Industry, Algeria

22/03/2012

Three South Mediterranean film projects off to CannesThree South Mediterranean film projects off to Cannes

The directors and producers of three film projects from the South Mediterranean will be going to Cannes this May. The films are still in the making, so it will not be in the competition this time round, but the event will hopefully help them to...

Events and Festivals, Algeria, Jordan, Palestine