06/05/2012

Le thé ou l’électricité wins first prize at FIDADOC

Events and Festivals, Morocco

Le thé ou l’électricité wins first prize at FIDADOC

The fourth edition of FIDADOC has just come to an end. While it is certainly the orphan of its founder Nezha Drissi, who passed away on December 4 last year, it continues her work in defending documentary filmmaking, a rich and rigorous film genre, which requires its author to have vision, a firm standpoint, and the capacity to arouse emotions.

Le thé ou l’électricité by Jérôme Le Maire won the Grand Prix at the festival. Co-produced by Moroccan television channel 2M, the documentary was made over four years and documents the arrival of electricity in Ifri, an isolated village in the Atlas mountains with no clinic, school, or road.

The jury also gave two special mentions to Nous sommes ici by Abdallah Yahya and Tahrir by Stefano Savona. The first documentary gives voice to the inhabitants of a derelict area in Tunis, while the latter revisits the momentous events of the 2011 Egyptian revolution.

Several documentaries were also screened on the margins of the official programme, such as Play Time by Lebanese filmmaker Dima Al-Joundi, who attended the festival at the invitation of Euromed Audiovisual.

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