Date: April 26, 2016
“The mission of the festival is to use the 7th art as means of awareness, educating moviegoers of tomorrow by offering our children a range of the best films dealing with issues relating to children to stimulate their curiosity and awaken their critical thinking”
The 4th International Festival of children’s cinema, to be held from 27 to 30 April in Casablanca, under the presidency of honor of HRH Princess Lalla Meryem, aims to raise awareness of childhood, through art, to subjects of interest. The theme “The child at the Moroccan cinema” for this year’s festival, initiated by the association “Touch not my children,” concurs and seems to do two things at once. Thus, the child participating in a cinematographic work will be sensitized to transfer the teachings received its peers.
By organizing this event, the initiators also want to instill the idea of creativity in children. “The mission of the festival is to use the 7th art as means of awareness, educating moviegoers of tomorrow by offering our children a range of the best films dealing with issues relating to children to stimulate their curiosity and awaken their critical thinking,” says Najia Adib, president of the association “Touch not my children.”
Despite the limited resources allocated to the festival, the organizers do not fail to express its good feedback. “Since the first edition of the festival, we aim, through our simple financial resources to develop and put on the right track. And we are not disappointed as it was able to take its place among the major international film festivals in Morocco by engaging Moroccan and international artists,” said the director of communication of the festival, which pay homage to the Egyptian Fathi Abdelwahab, the Moroccan Mohamed Nadif, and Moroccan director Jamila Benaissa El Borji. The festival will also pay tribute, at the opening to be held at Rif cinema, to the pedagogue El Aidi Zidani and young actor Ilyass Eljihani.
In addition to these artists, others come from Tunisia, Oman, Cameroon, France, Belgium, Britain and Spain to participate in the official competition of the festival, whose jury will be chaired by filmmaker Farida Bourkia.
Alongside the competition, the organizers will hold a round table will address the theme of the festival in the presence of artists, journalists and critics.
Moreover, the International Festival of children’s cinema is philanthropic since the initiators proceed to the screening of educational films in some schools and charitable homes.
Posted by Salima Guisser