The feature film “The Road to Istanbul” by the Franco-Algerian director Rachid Bouchareb won the Best Screenplay at the 19th Festival of African Cinema that ended Saturday in Khouribga (South west of Morocco), the Moroccan press reported.
In official competition with fourteen feature films from twelve countries, the film released in 2016 evokes the ordeal of a mother for her daughter recover who left for Syria to join terrorist groups, and convince her to return to Belgium, her homeland. For this work coproduced by Algeria, France and Belgium, director of “Indigènes” deals with radicalisation and with extremism through the story of a teenager who, influenced by the radical thinking of a young man, decided to accompany him to Syria.
Co-written with writer Yasmina Khadra, Olivier Lorelle and Zoe Galeron, the film which participated at the Berlinale 2016, aims to be a story about the confusion and suffering of the parents of “jihadists”, according to its director.
Fifteen films competed to win the different prizes of the official competition, whose jury is chaired by the French sociologist Edgar Morin.
The festival’s Grand Prix returned to the Ethiopian film “Lamb” by Yared Zelek, while the Moroccan Said Khallaf director clinched the Special Jury Prize for his film “A mile in my shoes”.
Founded in 1997, the African Film Festival in Khouribga aims to promote African cinema, represented through its filmmakers and their new productions.