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Honoring Laila Elwi at the opening of the 15th edition of the Women’s Film Festival in Morocco

Vineyard International Women’s Film Festival in the city of Salé MoroccoThe Egyptian actress, Laila Elwi, at the opening of its 15th edition, on Monday evening, and honored the French director of Moroccan origin Simone Bitton and the name of the late French director Sarah Maldoror.

Following the official speeches of the festival organizers and the presentation of the jury in the cultural and cinematic space in Karima, Yusra Shahwad, a professor at the Institute of Music and Choreographic Art, presented an artistic performance on the instrument of law.

The festival program includes a competition for feature films in which 10 films will compete, and a documentary film competition in which 5 films will compete, while 5 Moroccan feature films and 6 short Moroccan films will compete for the “Youth Audience Award”.

The festival program includes a “Panorama of Sub-Saharan Cinema” to honor women’s voices in Africa in conjunction with the selection of Rabat, the capital of African culture 2023/2022. The panorama includes 8 films from Burkina Faso, Niger, Gabon, Central Africa, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Chad.

The festival will hold two training workshops on “Education on Image” and “Cinematic Writing”, as well as presenting a number of books related to women and cinema, including “Life in Black and White” by the writer and poet Aisha Amour, and “A fragments of a cinematic memory” by writer and director Saad Al-Sharaibi.

Senegal is the guest of honor

The cinema of Senegal will be the “Guest of Honor” for this edition, as the festival will present the film “Atlantic” by director Matti Diop, which won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 2019, in addition to 3 other films produced in 2013, 2014 and 2019.

The performances and activities of the festival, organized by the Bouregreg Association in cooperation with the Moroccan Film Center and the Ministry of Youth, Culture and Communication, extend until October 1.

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