This year, the Carthage Film Festival (JCC) is celebrating its 53rd anniversary. 53 years of showcasing cinemas in Africa and the Arab world but also films from Asia and Latin America not to mention the innovative experiences of the rest of the world. 53 years and 30 sessions (the JCC have gone from biennial to annual 5 years ago).
The JCC represents 53 years of discoveries, interactions and debates sometimes heated, always constructive and exciting, between the different generations of talented directors from the South. Today’s young filmmakers walk in the footsteps of their elders, and filled with the values of Carthage, they are thrilling audiences in big festivals and movie theaters around the world.
The JCC represents 53 years of discoveries, interactions and debates, sometimes heated, always constructive and exciting, between the different generations of talented directors from the South. Today’s young filmmakers walk in the footsteps of their elders, and filled with the values of Carthage, they are thrilling audiences in big festivals and movie theaters around the world. The JCC represents 53 years of encounters. Encounters between an exceptional audience of moviegoers and filmmakers who tell both local and universal stories; stories that leave no person indifferent.
The JCC is an opening to unexpected horizons and our FOCUS section will showcase four countries with different and captivating film traditions. Lebanon, Nigeria, Chile and Japan will be celebrated inside theaters and outside in the festive streets of Tunis. The JCC is also CARTHAGE PRO, a professional platform for the discovery of Africans and Arabs talents. Its workshops CHABAKA and TAKMIL support with scholarships and expertise starting projects and works in progress. Our Masterclasses invite the most prestigious names in the world of cinema to present their career and craft to new generations of professionals and film schools students. This year the Conference will be dealing with the very important subject of copyrighting and as usual, the Carthage Talks section will be the quintessential forum for professional cutting edge debates.
For three years, surrounded by a dedicated and passionate team, faithful to the fundamental advocacy of our founders, we feel the necessity to consolidate a project anchored in durability and modernity, worthy of the generations that will follow us, and for whom we have an obligation to listen to and to pass our knowledge.
I would like to see you in Tunis from 26 October to 2 November 2019, for moments of passion to share, for a debate that will defend a certain vision of a militant, powerful and intelligent cinema from the South, that can’t to be ignored anymore.
For its next session, the Carthage Film Festival will reflect the shifts initiated by the changing IMAGE, and will accompany this creativity carved by the new digital age generation and the technological advances it brings. By focusing on all the stages of production of these works, from conception to broadcasting, this new edition will highlight the extraordinary potential of these image makers fed with new technologies. In recent years, the JCC have brought to the screens the works of young, innovative and often revolutionary authors, supported by wonderful actors and technicians, bringing new blood to the African and Arab cinematographic landscape. The African-Arab image is no longer occasional and it has established itself on the global cinematographic scene. The JCC continues to reflect and encourage this constant evolution both quantitatively and qualitatively.
This cinema never ceases to delight the discerning moviegoers, who constitute the GENERAL PUBLIC of the JCC. A public that continues to write in letters of gold, with film directors, the history of this festival whose reputation today goes beyond the borders of Africa and the Arab world. The 2019 edition will fully carry the digital turn, accompanying the new trends that have emerged or imposed on the film landscape, while remaining faithful to the authentic and varied artistic languages, fully participating in the evolution of film making around the world.
Nearly 150 films will be on the program. Mainly independent, these films reflect the daring of modern times, with their realities and what they convey in strength, cruelty, beauty or complexity. Beyond their borders, the JCC perpetuate their opening to a cinema that is questioning by also screening socially engaged films from around the world.
This wonderful showcase that is the JCC reflects our own stories and realities with a gaze that is more than ever focused on universal values.
Let’s celebrate the beauty and creativity of our cinema.
Lamia BELKAIED GUIGA
Artistic General Delegate