A dozen films are vying for the prizes of the 6th edition of the Oujda International Amateur Film Festival (FIFAO), open Wednesday and which continues until the 27th in virtual format due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Of the twelve films in competition, 7 are Moroccan. These are “The Cage” by Fatima Zitane, “Bouchakour” by Reda El Aboub, “Coucou Cou Cou” by Hassan Maânani, “Mina” by Soufiane Mabrouk, “Moustaqbal Majhoul” by Hicham Saber and Ayoub Saber, “Rêves lost ”by Rachid Amari and“ Disparity ”by Hilal Azzouzi.
The Iraqi films “It’s Better There” by Hassanin Al Hani, and “Red Window” by Hussein Al Ugaili, Tunisian “La signature” by Sirine Rahouma, Egyptian “Toushrit” by Omar Abu Hassiba and Algerian “In Our Hands” by Mustafa Bengharnout, are equal in the running.
The jury of this edition is chaired by the Moroccan director Abdelilah Zirat and counts as members the Palestinian actor and director Hussein Nakhla, the Iraqi-British film critic Nadim Abdallah, the Algerian journalist Ouarda Zarkine as well as the Moroccans Mohamed Amine Mouna, director and Said Mniouli, casting director.
The festival paid tribute, on the occasion of its opening, to actor Abderrahim El Meniari and researcher Farid Boujida, in addition to a posthumous tribute to producer Younes Ait Allah.