Next Monday, the city of Taza invites visitors to experience the 2nd annual International Film Festival.
By Zineb Sara Khajjou
Rabat – The city of Taza, in northern Morocco, is hosting the second International Film Festival of Taza from July 22 to 27. This event is organized by the Association of Taza International Cinema Festival for Cinematic Diversity.
During the festival, the board will give awards to exceptional films under a range of categories. The festival board is yet to release the official program.
The Egyptian director Ali Badr Khan was nominated as president of the jury. In a press release, he was quoted as saying, “This event invites Canadian cinema as a guest of honor due to the country’s diversity in cinematography and multicultural identity.” He adds that Canada’s film industry has always been a great reference for other cinematographic adaptations.
This edition will organize a tribute to the great Canadian director Daniel Gervais, who
Directed a film about the province of Taza in 2012. The film will be among the films running on the festival screen.
The Moroccan cinema is also present at this edition, a series of Moroccan films belonging to different territorial identities are nominated for the official competition of the Moroccan Film category
The festival board has reserved a place for other cultural activities. Four workshops, a round table, an exhibition of books and another on Arabic calligraphy in cinema will be held along the days of the festival.
The organizers are also promoting the natural and historical resources of Taza, through field visits, and tourist tours. As part of this campaign, the festival will feature the documentary “Taza: source of water” by the Moroccan producer Kouider Bennani. The film will be played at an outdoor showing.
This will be the first to organize a festival dedicated to children. The International event will feature a series of films for children as well as four workshops and other cultural and artistic activities. The children will also have the chance to meet some of the great celebrities of cinema and television.