Eyes of a Thief, Two Men in Town and Us, Outside screen in Algiers

Concerning Violence also to be shown at the festival from December 12 to 18

Events and Festivals, Algeria

Eyes of a Thief, Two Men in Town and Us, Outside screen in Algiers

The fifth Algiers International Film Festival is to take place from December 12 to 18, with screenings of 15 documentaries and fiction films from Africa, Europe and Latin America at the Mouggar Cinema in Algiers, reports Le Temps d’Algérie

The selected films cover themes as varied as ecology, the condition of workers, African struggles for decolonisation, and the battle against religious fundamentalism.

The jury is to include Algerian directors Djamel Bendeddouche and Mega Mohamed Chérif, alongside other African and European filmmakers and producers. The third prize will be determined by public vote.

Mauritanian director Abderrahmane Sissaka, who directed Timbuktu, and French filmmaker Michel Teboldi, who directed the documentary TV Shale Gas: the Lobbyists Fight Back, will be among those present.

Palestinian director Nejwa Nejjar's Eyes of a Thief will make its Algerian premiere at the event. Starring Egyptian actor Khaled Abol Naga (best Actor for the role in Cairo) and Algerian singer Souad Massi, the film was co-produced by the Algerian Agency for Cultural Outreach (AARC) and is Palestine's entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2015 Oscars.

Algerian cinema will be represented by Us, Outside, a documentary developed through the DOCmed initiative and directed by Bahia Bencheikh El Fegoun and Meriem Achour Bouakkaz. Also screening are Nariman Mari's Loubia Hamra and Franco-Algerian filmmaker Rachid Bouchareb's Two Men in Town.

In their documentaries, South African filmmaker Khalo Matabana portrays Nelson Mandela in Mandela, The Myth And Me, while Swedish filmmaker Göoran Hugo Olsson looks back at Frantz Fanon's essay Concerning Violence.

The festival will also pay tribute to Serbian documentary filmmaker Stephane Labudovic, who was involved in the struggle for Algerian independence by filming and photographying National Liberation Front fighters.

Last year, the festival awarded Searching For Sugar Man, a documentary by Malik Benjelloul, a Swedish director of Algerian origin who tragically died last May.

Source: Le Temps d’Algérie

Photo: Bahia Bencheikh El Fegoun and Meriem Achour Bouakkaz' Us, Outside

Translation: Simon Pickstone

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