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SENEGAL: Maïmouna Doucouré rewarded at the Sundance festival.



The Sundance Global Filmmaking Awards Festival held in Park City, Utah, USA, rewarded director Maïmouna Doucouré for her first full-length film “Mignonnes”. This American festival devoted to independent cinema lasted 10 days, this 33rd edition ended on January 29, 2017.

The Senegalese director had already won a Jury Prize last year for her short film “MamanS” produced (Bien ou Bien Production), which tells the painful story of a girl living in a polygamous family.

A hundred international selections were collected for this film, including the prestigious Festivals of Toronto (Grand Prix of the short film) and finally a nomination to the César 2017 of the Best Short Film which proves to be one of the biggest international successes for a Senegalese-French Short film in recent years.

I am so happy. It’s an incredible adventure that  I am living because of “Mom (s)!” Never would I have imagined in writing the first lines of this story that it would have such success.  Initially, it was beyond me, but I’ve learned to savor every moment, every exchange, every victory! I would like to thank you for your valuable support. I see each of your shares, your messages, your smiles … I take this opportunity to send all my love to my amazing team, to my formidable actors, to the best production team: we made this film hand in hand ! We have succeeded in more than 150 festivals around the world, so that the public can live, feel and be, for a few minutes, with  little Aida! “Said Maïmouna Doucoure.

The Sundance Global Filmmaking Awards Festival dedicated to independent cinema has been a stepping stone for directors and actors of tomorrow for more than thirty years. This prestigious award is given to only 4 directors in the world, a consecration for the young director. “Delighted to share this wonderful story with you, I just returned from the Sundance Films Festival, where “Mom (s)”won the International Prize just a year ago with my SUNDANCE GLOBAL FILMMAKING AWARD My project of feature film. “Explained Maïmouna Doucouré.

A total of 118 films were screened in all categories: feature films, short films, documentaries, US cinema and cinema of the world.

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MOROCCO – Morocco is in the spotlight at the 76th edition of the Cannes Film Festival by Asmae el moudir



Maryam Touzany, as a member of the official jury of the 76th Cannes Film Festival, will play a key role in the evaluation and selection of films in competition. As a member of the jury, she will bring her expertise, perspective and informed judgment to determine the winners in different categories. Maryam Touzany’s participation as a member of the jury highlights the importance of diversity and representation in the selection process of the Cannes Film Festival.

The 4 films supported by the «Atlas Workshops» selected:

1.Asmaa EL MOUDIR – The mother of all lies:
This film, directed by Asmaa El Moudir, is presented in the official selection of the 76th Cannes Film Festival. “The mother of all lies” explores the themes of truth, manipulation and the consequences that follow. The film immerses viewers in a compelling story where a mother’s lies have a profound impact on the lives of her family and those around her. Through a powerful narrative, the film addresses universal questions of integrity, trust and responsibility.

2. Faouzi BENSAIDI – Deserts:
“Deserts”, directed by Faouzi Bensaidi, is another Moroccan film selected in the official category of the Cannes Film Festival. This feature film explores the themes of isolation, the quest for identity and the search for meaning in a complex modern world. The film follows the path of a protagonist confronted with physical and emotional deserts, struggling to find his place in a constantly changing environment. With beautiful landscapes and a profound reflection on human existence, “Deserts” promises an intense and introspective cinematic experience.

Kamal LAZRAQ – The Packs:
“Les Meutes”, directed by Kamal Lazraq, is a Moroccan film selected in the official category of the Cannes Film Festival. This film addresses contemporary social and political themes by exploring group dynamics and collective movements. Through a powerful and provocative narrative, the director sheds light on the tensions, aspirations and struggles emerging within the packs, symbolizing the complex social dynamics of our time. The Packs” offers a profound reflection on human nature, individual aspirations and the power of collective movements.

    4 . Zineb WAQRIM – Ayyur:
    “Ayyur”, directed by Zineb Waqrim, is another Moroccan film presented in the official selection of the Cannes Film Festival. This feature film explores the story of a young woman facing patriarchal traditions and social constraints in a rural context. Through its journey of resilience and empowerment, the film addresses themes such as individual freedom, gender equality and the quest for identity. Ayyur” offers a unique perspective on the challenges faced by Moroccan women and the search for their own voice in a traditional society.

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    SENEGAL – Vues d’Afrique International Film Festival: Mame Woury Thioub wins short documentary award



    Senegalese director Mame Woury Thioub wins the short documentary award at the 39th Vues d’Afrique International Film Festival in Montreal from April 21 to 30, 2023.

    The Vues d’Afrique International Film Festival is the largest festival of its kind outside the continent, screening more than 100 films each year about Africa, the Creole countries and their diasporas. A showcase for African and Creole cinema, this must-see event is a forum for exchange between international film professionals.

    With a new perspective on Africa, Creole countries and diasporas, through the dissemination of cultural productions, Vues d’Afrique promotes cultural diversity and the rapprochement between people of all origins and African and Creole countries.

    Mame Woury Thioubou is a journalist by training. Between 2004 and 2007, she was the Matam correspondent for Le Quotidien. In 2009, she joined the Master of Documentary Direction of Creation of the University Gaston Berger de Saint Louis (UGB). The school film she directed in 2009, Face à face, won the Ebène award for Best Documentary at the Neighbourhood Film Festival.

    In 2011, she directed Une journée avec Ngoné as part of a series in collaboration with Arte. Mame Woury Thioubou, who trained at Africadoc des Fondamentaux de la Production in 2016, joined the Impluvium Productions structure.

    The same year, she directed her first medium-length film Agora Braille, which deals with the schooling of blind children in Senegal through the struggle of an emblematic woman, Aïssata Pouye. In 2018, she completed her first feature film, Fifiré en Pays Cuballo in the Senegal River Valley.

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    AFRICA – Two African films honoured at the Cannes Film Festival



    On April 13, the 76th Cannes Film Festival announced the films chosen to participate in its official competition. Two African productions have been selected to try to win the Palme d’Or of this edition which will be held from 16 to 23 May.

    Two African films were selected to try to win the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. The information was made public at the official announcement of the

    19 films will be in the running to win the 76th gold prize at the Cannes Film Festival from 16 to 23 May. Africa is not left out with two films selected. Among them are «Banel et Adama» by Franco-Senegalese filmmaker Ramata-Toulaye Sy (photo), and «Olfa’s daughters» by Tunisian Kaouther Ben Hania. Shot in the Pulaar language, a variety of Peul mainly spoken in Senegal, with a team mostly Senegalese, Banel and Adama seem to attach great importance to the identity it conveys.

    The daughters of Olfa a documentary that follows the tumult of the life of a woman whose two teenage daughters are radicalizing and joining the terrorist organization Daesh in Libya.

    “The focus has been more on Asia in the last 20 years, with other countries like Japan, and now on Africa, because that’s where a number of young filmmakers from North Africa, East Africa, are coming from. from English-speaking Africa or sub-Saharan Africa, as Senegal is in competition,” explains Thierry Fremaux, director of the Cannes Film Festival.

    The two filmmakers are not the only ones to represent the African continent. Sudanese Mohamed Kordofani, Congolese Baloji Tshiani, as well as Moroccans Kamal Lazraq and Asmae El Moudir were also selected in the “Un certain regard” section of the official selection dedicated to young talent and innovation.

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