Editorial

Editorial

Fifty-three years (1966-2018) is the age of maturity for the first Arab-African festival in the world. The 29th Festival maintains its initial calling, enriched by the backing of the Portuguese- and English-speaking African countries as well as the diaspora.

Its films are looking at current issues, sometimes the specific problem of family relations in today’s complex world, sometimes focusing on the turbulent crossings of the No Man’s Land of impassable, deadly borders.

Des films qui s’attachent à scruter l’absurdité humaine dans ses conflits avec ses propres réalités et donnent à voir une expression cinématographique personnelle et innovante.

Films which probe human absurdity in its conflicts with its own realities, offering a personal and innovative expression on the screen.

The film-makers who are showing at the Festival, whether established or not, scorn the false truths of commercial successes and distance themselves from the delusions of the media to boldly and creatively attack these topics, topics which concern us all.

The film-makers question the film image whose expression, corrupted by the audiovisual system and its hegemonic ways of distribution (internet, social networks), trivialises the works. The JCC will open their screens wide to a critical public, introducing a range of the new filmwriters’ works, humbly revealing a brave cinema that moves us all.

The film-makers question the film image whose expression, corrupted by the audiovisual system and its hegemonic ways of distribution (internet, social networks), trivialises the works. The JCC will open their screens wide to a critical public, introducing a range of the new filmwriters’ works, humbly revealing a brave cinema that moves us all. In all, over 200 films will be shown in the various sections, and most of these are recent or previously unreleased.

LThe magic of film is with us more than ever; the harshness of the subjects and themes does not exclude the beautiful.

In this artificial world, the JCC proclaim our festive, uplifting stance throughout this annual meeting. We invite you to share these moments with us!

Lamia Belkaied Guiga

Déléguée Générale Artistique