Le Matin – Ethiopian director Haile Gerima leads the jury of the official competition



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The Rabat Festival for Culture and Art Association launched the 23rd International Film Festival in Rabat on Friday, November 16th, which will continue until the 24th of the month. The opening ceremony was marked by two fervent nobles who were paid Moroccan actresses
Fatima Harandi (Raouia) and Egyptian player Mahmoud Hamida.

The opening was marked by a film that won Palme d'Or at the 2018 Cannes film festival, the Family Affair of Japanese Hirokaz Kore-eda. A welcome choice is a welcome welcome for filmmakers from other countries who bring with their cinematic experience and share it with their experts in this sector. This is in addition to what happens in all such events, such as the Festival of Authentic Films, which is currently taking place in Rabat with a rich program that extends across different capital areas, so that the great audience can see 72 films offered, of which will be 14 at the official competition.
For this 23rd edition, Lebanon has received a prestigious honorary guest place to reveal its cinema with the help of some of its filmmakers who have been invited for this occasion. As Abdelhaq Mantrech emphasized, "Rabat will experience the exceptional moments that this city of light deserves and the capital of culture, in keeping with the wishes of his Majesty King Mohammed VI, throughout the event. Knowing that Rabat knows very important changes we are motivated to make this festival a platform of culture and art, so we have worked hard to make a success in this event and promotion. In addition to classical sections, including official competitions, conferences and workshops, the organizers planned to present a panorama of cinemas of Morocco live outside Morocco in order to keep in touch with these creators and follow their production.
At the opening ceremony, the memory of the Moroccan cinema Raouia was rewarded, described by Hassan Benjelloun as a great Moroccan cinema. "She is an actress who has inspired me a lot, she is an actress who plays a small role and always gives a plus with the characters she plays. His poetic word goes all over the heart," adds Benjelloun to Fatima Haranda, who received under the shrubs applause recognition of Trophy. A strong emotion attacked him with great ovations. "Thank you for this audience, who shared this joy and these tears. I like everyone who loves a cinema that is an incurable virus. The second gift is nothing more than the one reserved for the great Egyptian actor Mahmoud Hamid, who I did not show my joy in Morocco otherwise. "Lastly, when I arrived, I kept that same welcoming and generous public in memory. And when Mantra invited me to come, I did not hesitate immediately. It was also an opportunity to present both the jury, the critics, which was chaired by American Noelia Satos and the second official competition run by Ethiopian director Haile Gerima. It was a beautiful evening. Then the festival reached its travel speed, with the projection of films that the filmmakers were eagerly anticipating and other conferences and workshops, run by industry experts.

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