Tunisia: Carthage film festival opening
TUNIS, October 23, 2010 - The Carthage Film Festival (JCC), Dean of film festivals in the South, starts Saturday in Tunis with competing twenty-four long and shorts films from eleven Arab and African countries.
- "The JCC is a festival today although near half century of existence and are called to reflect on the future," said Dorra Bouchoucha, Director of the 23rd edition.
To be in step with the times, the festival has added two new sections to the traditional series: the documentary, "because the film is more grounded in reality" and the short local film, "echoes of the vitality of production," she says.
Eleven documentaries are vying for the top award of the festival, Tanit d'Or, named after a Carthaginian goddess. "The secret war of the FLN in France" by Malek Bensmail, will be among this selection which includes films produced in South Africa, Cameroon, Egypt, Lebanon and Mali.
The festival, which runs through Oct. 31, scheduled for Saturday night's opening "The man who shouts" of Mahmat Saleh Haroun (Chad), Special Jury Prize at Cannes in 2010.
It also offers thirteen feature films and eleven short films, which are the most anticipated "State of Violence", South African Matabenee Kahlo, "Once Again" of Joud Saeed (Syria), "Message From the Sea" by Daoud Abdel Sayed (Egypt) and "Journey to Algiers” by Abdelkrim Bahloul.
Three feature films in Tunisian race Tanits: "The wounded palm trees," Abdellatif Ben Ammar, "Chronicle of a death agony" Aida Ben Aleya and "End of December" Moez Kamoun. A fourth "Chakwak halal movie," a comedy about Salafism and youth, was deprived of competition and its young director Nasreddine Shili denounced censorship.
For this category, the jury will be chaired by the Haitian filmmaker Raoul Peck, and will include Diane Baratier (France), Joseph Ramaka Gaye (Senegal), Anouar Brahem (Tunisia), Atiq Rahimi (Afghanistan) and Elham Shahine actresses (Egypt) and Soulef Fawakherji (Syria).
- Ennaharonline/ M. O.