JCC 2022



Sonia Chamkhi : Director General

During the current 33rd session, the Carthage Cinema Festival (Journées Cinématographiques de Carthage (JCC) will celebrate the 56th anniversary of its existence; representing more than half a century of commitment to African, Arab, Asian and Latin American cinemas, while remaining open to the best of world film productions.

Surrounded by a new team, featuring Mr. Brahim Letaeif as its artistic director, I am honored and immensely pleased to renew this momentous encounter which brings together southern filmmakers and professionals, the international partners of JCC and the exceptionally enthusiastic and film-loving public, the irreplaceable guarantors of the brilliance and majesty of this unique event.

The JCC, the oldest festival on the African continent, has managed to establish a fine tradition of discovering new film talents from the South and to create spaces for debate and reflection to promote singular and authentic works. Fiction films and documentaries where the moral and political commitment of the filmmakers/authors is best served by varied forms of narration and staging. Original works organically rooted in the social and cultural concerns of southern countries.

Our first desire is to live up to this editorial line, its requirements, its challenges and its hopes. For this session we are aiming for more parity between men and women because we believe that these choices of social and civic involvement and sovereign desire cannot be made without the contribution of female filmmakers, from the North and South. This is why we are dedicating two new programs to rehabilitate the pioneers and to showcase the worthy heirs of our respective cinemas.

We wish to merge between cinema and thought, as well as between pleasure, emotion and questioning. We would like our eyes to meet and to share the excitement of new ideas and unique artistic proposals.

Through the various classic and innovative sections of this new edition, between the official competitions, focus, tributes and other parallel programming, we hope to illuminate the screens of Tunisia with exciting African, Arab and international films, which re-invent, through resilience, resistance and commitment, new paths for a better future.

Sonia Chamkhi : Biography

Sonia Chamkhi is Associate Professor at the Higher School of Audiovisual and Cinema (ESAC, University of Carthage). She holds a PhD in cinema, audiovisual and television arts (Paris-Pantheon-Sorbonne), with a degree in image design, film- making and screen play writing. Sonia Chamkhi is a filmmaker, a fiction writer and a researcher.

Wholly engaged in the cultural and artistic scene, Sonia Chamkhi was also appointed as Director General of the National Cinema and Image Center (CNCI), Chairwoman of the Association of Tunisian film makers (ARFT), Director of the National Cinema Festival and the Vice-president of the Independent Union of filmmakers/ producers (SIRP) and the Union of Tunisian artists (UAT).

Sonia Chamkhi is also a writer of four books which have received numerous national and African literary prizes, including the CREDIF Prize for scientific research in 2003, the Zoubeida Bchir Prize for women creation in 2008, the COMAR Prize for the first novel in 2009 and an Honorary distinction of the NOMA Prize of African edition in 2009. She is a member of the Parliament of French-speaking Writers.


Ibrahim Letaeif : Artistic Director

The Carthage Film Days return in their 33rd session, from October 29 to November 5, 2022.

«Keep these dates in mind to come and celebrate with us in Carthage the biggest celebration of African and Arab cinema!»

The JCC is first and foremost about films. It is a harvest of films from the Arab and African world but also cinemas from all over the world offered to the delight of the public and cinephiles.

The JCC are also innovating for this edition by creating the first edition of Carthage Critics' Week.
Intended for first and second works (fiction or documentary), this new section of the official competition will be open to all filmmakers in the world, with a program of 7 feature films; films with different artistic sensibilities, contemporary and original cinematographic creations from all continents.

With the launch this year of “Carthage Industry Days,” a new gathering of professionals from the international film industry was born.
With the launch this year of “Carthage Industry Days,” a new meeting for the professionals from the international film industry was born.
In this borderless environment, issues of production and distribution of Arab and African cinemas are more urgent than ever. Today, it is a question of rethinking and revitalizing these principles and these channels to adapt them to the dynamics of a constantly changing world.

Welcome among us to all creators and cinema lovers.

Ibrahim Letaeif : Biography

Ibrahim Letaief graduated in expression and communication sciences at the University Paris-Panthéon-Sorbonne. He is a filmmaker, producer and man of the media.

Ibrahim Iltaief is also involved in social work, and was, inter alia, the Director of the Association of Tunisian Filmmakers (ARFT: Association des réalisateurs de films tunisiens), besides being actively involved as a member of the International Network of ‘Cultural Exception’ (Seoul 2008), alongside being the chairman of the national unison of advertising agencies (SAPA).

Ibrahim Iltaief was the Director General of Carthage Film Festival (JCC) in 2015 and 2016, as well as its Artistic Director in 2020.
He was awarded
- The National Prize of Tunisian Cinema (2010)
- The Order of Cultural Merit of Tunisia (2016)
- And was made Chevalier des arts et des lettres (‘Knight of Arts and Letters’) in 2016