Carthage Film Festival & Francophonie

Since its creation, the JCC have maintained deep ties with the International Organization of the Francophonie, whose member countries actively participate in global film creation. In light of developing and strengthening the historical ties between these countries, ‘ JCC and Francophonie’ section offers different activities that take place according to the following program:

  • A roundtable where Francophonie experts, actors and intellectuals will discuss the following issue: «The promotion and visibility of the film in the Francophone area: challenges and perspectives» ;
  • A selection of 7 recent francophone films that represent the cultural variety of the Francophone world will be screened as part of the section.
  • The «CFF and Francophonie» section will therefore aim to:

    • Emphasize the synergy that has led the relations between the CFF and the Francophonie in its institutional and wide meanings;
    • Underline the artistic, cultural and humanist dimensions which are reflected in the Francophone cinema thanks to this synergy.
    • Reflect on the challenges and perspectives for the development of the French speaking film in a world dominated by the English-speaking culture.

Emna Mrabet

Emna Mrabet - Tunisia

Teacher-researcher in cinema. She is affiliated to the Cinema and Audiovisual Sciences and Technologies Laboratory (ESTCA) of the University of Paris 8 where she teaches in particular in cinema aesthetics, documentary production and film analysis (Maghreb and Middle Eastern Cinemas).
She is currently focusing her research on Maghreb and Middle Eastern cinematography and on «guerrilla» cinema. She has also written articles putting into perspective and questioning the specificities of the works of filmmaker Abdellatif Kechiche, in particular, Contestation and Defense of Human Rights, The Identity Question among Filmmakers from Maghrebian Immigration.
In 2019, she directed the film «A l’Aube de nos rêves» about the Tunisian revolution and post-revolution.


Baba Diop

Baba Diop - Senegal

Former president of the African Federation of Cinematographic Critics (FACC), former President of the Senegalese Association of Cinematographic Critics (ASCC).
He is a journalist, film critic and trainer in journalism and cinema.
He is co-director of publication of the journal SENCINE, the cinema journal of the directorate of cinematography of Senegal.
He has published numerous articles and contributed to several journals and publications. He was the jury president of the Khouribga festival and jury member in the Documentary section at the Carthage Film Festival 2018.
He is a Knight of Arts and Letters and a medalist of the National Order of the Lion.


Patricia Caillé

Patricia Caillé - France

Teacher-researcher in the infocom department at the University of Strasbourg / CREM EA 3476. She has shared the scientific responsibility and the organization of several research projects that focus on Maghreb cinemas, women directors, film circulation.
Co-founder in 2016 of the international and multidisciplinary research network HESCALE (History, economics, sociology of cinemas in Africa and the Middle East), she co-directed Circulation of films: North Africa and the Middle East (Africultures file nº101-102 , 2016), Watching films in Africa (PU du Septentrion, 2017), Practices and uses of film: Tunisia, Morocco, Chad, Togo (PU du Septentrion, 2019), issue nᵒ13 of the review Mise au Point, “Le cinema European ”(2020). She is completing the co-supervision of a book, À l’Oeuvre en cinéma! Professionals in Africa and the Middle East (L’Harmattan).


Libyan Cinema, reality and perspectives

Following the rising of films made by young people in Libya in order to revive Libyan cinema and highlight its left out history, in order to let these young people express their claims and to consolidate the pioneer status of the Carthage Film Festival, the 32nd edition of this year 2021 will organize, on Thursday November 4, 2021, a conference entitled “Libyan Cinema, reality and perspectives”, with the participation of many Libyan directors and influential filmmakers. The interventions will take place as follows:

  • «The State control over the cultural and cinematographic scene», by director Abdullah Zarrouk.
  • «The possibility of marketing Libyan cinema and series on Arab and international streaming platforms», by director Osama Rizk
  • «Libya Film Institute, Obstacles and Objectives», by the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Libya Film Institute, Samer Al-Amiri
  • «The artistic production in Libya: The Khayyal Production experience», by Muhannad Lamin

Osama Rizg

Osama Rizg - Libya

Osama Rizg has a master’s degree in Film and Television Studies from Sabancı University in Istanbul. In 2009 he received a scholarship from the British Council International Ship Culture Leader. He also has several degrees in filmmaking and film production from London and Scotland. He worked in Dubai for two years and directed several commercials and documentaries. He has been one of the founders of the Libyan TV channel since its launch and has run several successful programs that have received local awards. He has directed many documentaries, comedies and series. He founded his own company, Al-Sura Media Production. In 2013, he co-founded, with producer Walid Al-Lafi, Production ART which is considered as the largest and most productive company, and it is also one of the companies of the international group AMG in Libya. Osama Rizk has also won numerous local and international awards.


Abdallah Zarrouk

Abdallah Zarrouk - Libya

Director, writer and playwright, he graduated from the Central Academy of Cinema and Drama in Great Britain. He directed the first Libyan feature film “” (When fate hardens) in 1973. He has directed 21 films, including the feature films: (The Rain Symphony) and (Small Dreams ), and the short films, (the Wings), (who is interested), and documentary films: (the autobiography of the cigarette dealer), (The sun will not hide from my city). He also staged 56 plays. He has received several awards for his films at several festivals: the Damascus Film Festival, the Tehran Film Festival and the Maghreb Film Festival in Morocco.


Mohannad Lamin

Mohannad Lamin - Libya

He is a Libyan director and producer. He studied directing and screenwriting at the School of Arts in Tripoli. He is one of the directors that graduated from the Scottish Documentary Institute and World Press Photo, in addition to numerous arab and international training. Mohannad has produced three short documentaries that allowed him to participate in more than ten international festivals. He wrote, produced and directed his first short film (The Prisoner and the Jailer), with the cooperation of a Tunisian production company to be a purely Libyan-Tunisian production. In addition, he was the first Libyan to participate in the Carthage Film Festival competition over the past ten years, and the first Libyan to participate in the Clermont Ferrand Festival in France. He won the award for best short film at the Alexandria Film Festival. He also participated in more than fifteen international festivals. He is one of the founders of Khayal Art Production, which produces various videos for global organizations and digital platforms such as Vice, Great Big Story and others.


Samer S. Alamri

Samer S. Alamri - Libya

He is an independent documentary filmmaker and chairman of the board of the Libya Film Institute. He is also a writer and producer who began to exercise his passion for cinema in 2011 with the onset of the Arab uprisings. Samer has participated in many local and international festivals, and his films have won several awards, the most recent one was his documentary (We Serve, We Resist) at the Erato Human Rights Film Festival. He helped found the Libya Film Institute, an independent, not-for-profit cultural institution concerned with developing not only the community but also the film industry and with raising awareness and improving the image of culture in Libya. He worked for the project (Five by Five) which has established, in five Libyan cities, a series of emerging local film screenings which have all participated in the major cinematographic events of the world, but which are being screened for the first time locally. This is due to his keen interest in participating in the dissemination of cinema in a country where movie theaters are non-existent. He also led workshops and various training courses. His work has focused on Libya, and through it he attempts to change the dominant stereotype, break down the sequestering barrier around Libya and defend the dignity of its people.


Views on contemporary Belgian cinema

Since its inception, a little over half a century ago, the Carthage Film Festival has kept cherishing the taste and the passion for cinema among its audiences and through different generations.
The festival’s calling is certainly playing a part in the promotion and influence of Southern Cinema, but it also dedicates space to unexpected and worthy new horizons.
Thereby, the new VISIONS section will highlight today’s Belgian cinema .
Belgium was chosen for at least two reasons. On the one hand, Belgian cinema has stood out for its diversity and vitality, as shown through the works of the new generation. On the other hand, this cinema has never ceased to explore relevant issues that challenge us by their universality, such as the question of filiation, the couple issues or the transmutations of individual identity ...
The program that we propose has the advantage of offering us a new apprehension of society as well as a possibility of reaching a culture that we have already forged bonds with, bonds of friendship, exchange and dialogue.
On this occasion, and considering the eminent role that Belgian cinema plays in the international cinematographic scene, the Carthage Film Festival will organize a roundtable with Belgian professionals and directors, on Friday November 05, 2021. The debate will focus on current trends in Belgian cinema, production and distribution conditions as well as opportunities for exchange and collaboration between our two countries. 


Moderated by Haithem Haouel : Journaliste culturel, critique

Thierry Michel

Thierry Michel
Réalisateur documentariste

Christian Saelens

Christian Saelens
Délégué général Wallonie-Bruxelles

Hassen Daldoul

Hassen Daldoul
Réalisateur, Producteur

Sarra Abidi

Sarra Abidi

Selim Gribaa

Selim Gribaa

Slim Dargachi

Slim Dargachi
Directeur du Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image