Since 2010 the Carthage Film Festival responds to the importance well entrenched of the documentary form in our regions and has devoted an entire section to it. Given the turbulent political events, the revolutions in the Arab world, the uprisings and changes in Africa, documentary filmmakers have responded to the urgency of witnessing what is happening in their country. Speech is now free, memory arises and the documentary becomes a major vehicle. This year, through the selected films, we wish to continue to deepen the debate on the political and social stories straightforwardly and without leaving room for taboos. Documentary has played and continues to play a reconciliating role with ourselves and our history, it expresses the need to have reality as a raw material, a reality we have been cut from a long time. We film, we question, we analyze, it is the long-awaited opportunity to leave the sclerotic world of dictatorship but also the sanitized preceptions we have on us. Africa as well as the Arab world have experienced colonization and dictatorial regime. Colonizing countries have projected their fantasies on us: Africa is seen as a land turned toward the past, only its traditions and rituals are highlighted; the Arab world is represented as the orient of the Arabian nights. Following our independence, we continued to grow these looks on ourselves, we have become "Orient orientalists" and exotics of Africa, adding to it the propaganda imagery of dictatorial regimes. Documentary creation brings a new look, a kind of introspection, through intimate movies but also through more general movies . Our selection has the ambition to discover the liveliness of Africa today and the diversity of the realities of the Arab world: discover the past, understand the present to build the future.
Khaled Soliman Al Nassiry / Antonio Augugliaro / Gabriele Del Grande - Palestine ( 2014 )