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      Special sessions

Special screenings aside the video-documentary competition will give us the opportunity to discover different documentary perceptions and cinematic writing with one common point: the portrait. Whether that of Gadalla Gubara, who died in August 2008, which gives us insight on the history of Sudanese cinema, or that of Mustapha Akkad, to whom the documentary, «From Aleppo to Hollywood», gives a resounding tribute, these screenings highlight well-known personalities from Arab and African culture: musicians such as the Senegalese Youssou N’Dour and his quest for the origins of jazz, the famous Kabyle singer, Hnifa, whose tragic fate is shown through archive images allowing us to relive bits of recent Algerian history, as well as Feriel Ben Mahmoud’s film on Oum Kalthoum: a living symbol which shines anew. The festive nature of these evenings, where music has a privileged place, will also include the presentation of a film written and narrated by Madonna «I am Because We Are», a film about the consequences of AIDS in Malawi, which will echo with other Western perceptions of Africa: the Italian documentary veteran, Vittorio de Seta’s one, or «Victoire Terminus», a portrait of the city of Kinshassa and the fate of two professional women boxers during election time. The highlight of the program is most certainly «M pr M», the portrait of Tunisian decorator Leila Menchari commented by Jeanne Moreau and filmed by Josée Dayan . The poignant self-portrait of Iranian actress Mania Akbari, «10 + 4», will give another cultural and aesthetic dimension to these screenings.

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