The African Federation of Film Critics (FACC), held in the margins of the 2nd Media Forum in Africa on the theme “images and Opportunities”, had its 3rd Congress on December 17 – 19, 2015 in Marrakech (Morocco) .This conference was sanctioned by the election of a new board of seven (7) members, chaired by the Moroccan, Khalil Damoun.
Thirty participants from 15 member countries of the Federation were present. Following work sessions, an amendment and adoption to the statutes and bylaws were made, and a new executive committee of seven ( 7) members were elected, led by Khalil Damoun (Morocco) and comprises of:
- First Vice President: Mahrez KAROUI (Tunisia).
- Second Vice-President: Yacouba SANGARE (Ivory Coast).
- General Secretary: Espera DONOUVOSSI (Benin).
- Deputy Secretary General: Fatou Kine SENE (Senegal).
- General Treasurer: Pelagie NG’ONANA (Cameroon).
- Communications Officer: Charles AYETAN (Togo).
The new president intends to work together with other members of the elected office to the revive and strengthen the FACC, in synergy with all national member associations and to further develop African film critics for the support of African cinema.
The General Assembly also adopted a three-year action plan for the period 2016-2018, which aims to animate the life of the federation and the implementation of its mission to support African cinema. Founded in Tunis, on October 8, 2004, on the sidelines of the 20th Carthage Film Festival, FACC is a non-governmental umbrella organization of African film critics associations and individual members. It is present in 33 countries on the continent and also includes associations of the African diaspora in Europe.
Based in Dakar, Senegal, the Federation now has more than 350 journalists and film critics. It is led by a federal office composed of seven members. Its electronic film magazine “Africine.org” which was launched in 2005, is ranked the world leader in (African Cinema and its Diaspora). Its database covers nearly 16,000 movies and offers visitors more than 2,647 articles and reviews about film in Africa.
Source : Cinema Tunisien, December 21st, Translation by Mokolo