The curtain was lifted Saturday night, the 19th edition of the African Film Festival khouribga (FCAK), with the participation of many artists and critics from 12 African countries.
The opening ceremony of this year, under the patronage of HM King Mohammed VI , was marked by a tribute to Tunisian cinema through its icon director Tahar Cheriaa, considered among the leading figures of African cinema.
The opening was also punctuated by the film TTahar Cheriaa à l’ombre du Baobab, by its director Mohamed Challouf, which represents the portrait of this African prowess during 68 minutes of this film, of this indisputable father of Pan-Africanism and founder the Carthage film festival, the first film festival in Africa and the Arab world (1966).
The film tells the story of the friendship of Cheriiaa with the pioneers of African cinema like Sembene Ousmane, Salah Tawfik, Timite Basoori and so many others who, in the aftermath of the independence have deployed all their energy to create the first authentic images of post-colonial Africa and point the way for African cinema which is capable of contributing to the modernisation of the continent by taking over its own image in dignity and self-respect.
The jury of the official competition, chaired by the French philosopher Edgar Morin, includes Moroccan director Fennane Yassine, Moroccan journalist Aisha Akalay, Tunisian journalist Houda El Amri, the actress Burkinabe Maimouna N’Daye, the Italian producer Rosanna Sergin and the Guinean Mama Keita.
The ceremony was attended by the Tourism Minister Lahcen Ahdad, the Wali of the region of Beni Mellal-Khénifra, the governor of Beni Mellal, the regional president, elected representatives and civil society.
Among the competing films are in particular “La route d’Istanbul” by the Franco-Algerian director and producer Rachid Bouchareb, “Dicta Shot” (Ksar el Dahcha) by the Tunisian Mokhtar Ladjimi, “La lune est tombée” by the Guinean Gahité Fofana “Avant la cohue de l’été” (Before the summer crowds) by the Egyptian Mohamed Khan, “Fille de sa mère” co-directed by the Burkinabe Carine Bado and Armel Sawadogo, “Starve your dog” , “A mile in my shoes” and “Fidaa” respectively by the Moroccan Hicham Lasri directors, Said Khallaf and Driss Chouika, and “Le retour du Roi” by Roger Nahum (Benin-Morocco).
The 19th edition of the Khouribga African Film Festival, which is a highlight of the 7th African art, aims to promote the latest film productions across the continent.
A tribute will be made on this occasion to several figures of Moroccan and African cinemas, including director Abdelkrim Mohamed Derkaoui and the icon of African cinema Tahar Cheriaa. “This is one of the names that will remain engraved in the memory of African cinema because it has made the image of Africa in the world one of its key priorities. A hard struggle by the late actor so that the black continent affirms itself and creates itself an honourable place in the world, ” according to organisers.
This 19th edition will highlight the place of the screenplay in African cinema through a symposium on “The issue of the screenplay in African cinema,” which will be held in the premises of the library of Khouribga.
Taking part in this conference are several personalities and professionals from the world of the 7th art, the Senegalese director, producer and writer Mansour Sora Wade, Burkina Faso’s Idrissa Ouedraogo director and screenwriter and the young Moroccan filmmaker Hicham Lasri.