The 10th edition of the Oujda International Film and Immigration Festival opened on Wednesday evening, under the theme “Cinema, vector of social mediation”.
The opening ceremony of this festival, organized by the Solidarity Association for Development and Immigration, took place at the Mohammed VI Theater in Oujda in the presence of a large audience, including artists, filmmakers, producers and specialists.
In his speech on this occasion, the director of the festival, Abdellatif Drifi, underlined that this annual cinematographic meeting offers an opportunity for meeting and exchange between film lovers and professionals of the 7th art and celebration of cinema, in particular cinema. of immigration.
Mr. Drifi, president of the organizing association, noted the importance of this festival which aims to build cultural and artistic bridges between filmmakers and film lovers from Morocco and abroad and to promote cinematographic culture, in particular among young people.
The festival also aims to shed light on the skills and cinematographic talents of Moroccans around the world, to publicize the tourist potential of the Oriental region and to contribute to local development.
The opening night was marked by tributes paid to film figures among Moroccans around the world, namely director and actor Abdelkrim Kaissi and actor Kamal Kenzo, who reside in Belgium, actress Ibtissam Makrouni, established in Spain and Franco-Moroccan director Simone Bitton.
This 10th edition of the festival, which continues until September 17, sees the participation of 11 films representing several countries, including 10 films (4 feature films and 6 short films) participating in the official competition of the festival.
The jury of this festival, organized in partnership with the Regional Directorate of Culture and the Moroccan Cinematographic Center, is chaired by Moroccan directors Mohamed Ahed Bensouda and Mohcine Basri, established respectively in France and Switzerland, as well as by the Belgian producer Sabrina Pfaff.
A symposium led by researchers and specialists, a master class on the cinematographic experience of Moroccans around the world and workshops for the benefit of young people from the Oriental region are on the program for this edition.