The world capital of phosphates, Khouribga, is preparing to host the 19th edition of the International Festival of African Cinema of Khouribga (FICAK) from 16 to 23 July.
Organised since 1977, this cinema event have contributed throughout the years to find generations of African filmmakers who accompanied through their films the changes experienced by African societies.
In this sense, this edition will be marked by a rich and diverse programming. First, the projection of African film productions, some of which will compete for the festival awards including the Grand Prix “Ousmane Sembene” with a value of 100,000 DH. Among the Moroccan productions scheduled as part of the official competition include “Strave your Dog” by Hicham Lasri, “Resistance” by Driss Chouika and “Mile In My Shoes” by Said Khallaf. Indeed, the best films will be judged by a jury of film professionals. It will be chaired this year by the French philosopher and sociologist Edgar Morin.
Like the official competition, the 19th FICAK pays hommage to several figures of the Moroccan and African films including director Abdelkrim Mohamed Derkaoui and icon of African cinema Tahar Cheriaa. “This is one of the names that will remain etched in the memory of African cinema because it has made the image of Africa in the world one of its key priorities. Hard struggle of the late so that the continent is affirmed and make an honourable place in the world,” say the organizers. Besides the homage, the festival will be an opportunity to shed light on the place of the script in the African cinema.
In this context, a seminar will be organised under the theme “The issue of the screenplay in African cinemas” and July 17 in the premises of the Library of Khouribga. “The fairly standard debate of the film-script report is to rethink today more than ever, especially since a good script is by no means a guarantee for a good movie and a bad script can result in a good movie,” it was explained.
Several personalities and professionals from the world of the 7th art will take part in this conference. Among them are the Senegalese director, producer and script-writer Mansour Sora Wade, Burkina Faso’s director Idrissa Ouedraogo, and the young Moroccan writer and filmmaker Hicham Lasri.