The filmmaker and producer Saâd Chraïbi presented, on Wednesday on the sidelines of the Mediterranean Film Festival in Tetouan, his first book “Fragments of cinematographic memory” which retraces 50 years behind the scenes and the history of Moroccan cinema.
For moviegoers, Moroccan cinema will hold no secrets. All the cinematographic culture is related in this work which evokes the Film Festivals, the National Federation of Cineclubs, the Moroccan Cinematographic Center, the professional organizations, the criticism of cinema in our country and which also contains texts of reflections on the tool and cinematic language.
Saâd Chraïbi does not forget to pay tribute to the veterans of this art through testimonies that could not be more sincere, which reveal to readers the human and artistic qualities not only of the personalities subject to testimonies, but also those of their author. .
Those who seek to understand the history of Moroccan cinema will find in these lucid pages, without intellectualist pretensions, a remarkable window on the world of cinema in Morocco, reinforcing the desire to think, to know and to understand its workings.
What pushed the director to embark on this new adventure was the awareness of a bitter reality. That of the poverty of film archives in Morocco. When he was preparing his films, he often came up against this reality. “That’s when I realized that I could contribute to change this situation,” he explains. “Current generations have the right to have a little piece of writing that tells the backstage of Moroccan cinema and its main stages,” underlines the author. And to add: “In writing this book, my first desire was to transmit the memory of the 7th Moroccan art through my own memories”.
Saâd Chraïbi explains, in this sense, that certain parts of his book go back to about thirty years. “The first texts of the book date from the early 90s. Since always, each time there was an important fact or that I noticed something interesting in the world of cinema in Morocco, I wrote” , he said. “It helped me a lot,” says the author of the film “The Three Grandmothers”, on the coexistence between Jews, Christians and Muslims.
For the writer Mohamed Sof, “this is not a bedside book that we read and classify”. “It is indeed a working tool for film school students. It is also food for thought for critics and image professionals. It gives a new scope to criticism,” he testifies.
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