The Swiss film “The Promised Land” opened 7th Edition of FIDADOC
Agadir – “The Promised Land,” a documentary by Swiss director Francis Reusser, was screened at the opening of the 7th edition of the International Documentary Festival Agadir (FIDADOC), Monday night in Agadir, which will continue until May 9 current.
This film (85 min, 2014) returns to the path of Philippe Savoy, the choirmaster of the choir College of Fribourg, who is preparing to take 55 of his students in Palestine to give a series of concerts there. From Bethlehem to Ramallah, via Jerusalem and Hebron, between checkpoints and churches, refugee camps and historical tourism in the Dead Sea, all will discover a shattered country, a country divided between temporary and permanent peace humiliation of the Palestinian people .
“This film, which is presented as a musical road movie, tells of a 10-day trip of 55 students left to discover what has become of these little fragments of Palestine, but also to meet young Palestinian singers and musicians” explains the director in a statement to MAP.
“This is the story of a journey of an hour and a half of pure emotion, which tells the exile and yearning for peace, all complemented by poetry readings taken from the work of Mahmoud Darwish and interpreted by the voice of the Syrian-Lebanese actress Darina Al Joundy, “he noted.
Delegate General Hicham Falah Festival said in a similar statement that this edition offers to take the audience “on changing territories: Palestine from the inside like that in exile, oscillating between leap into modernity and duty Memory: Egypt after Tahrir, between free democratic vote and setbacks, turbulent and dynamic continent filmed on side roads. ”
On the particularity of this Festival, he stressed that “the FIDADOC tries, in the absence of dark room in Agadir, to radiate the cinema throughout the city for a week in the open air, at the University among associations, neighborhoods … In short, we try to go show movies where one usually does not show. ”
Organized by the Association of culture and education through broadcasting, this edition aims, according to its initiators, to give voice to the people with the key official selection consists of an international competition of ten feature films of world of lasting longer than 52 minutes, all unreleased in Morocco.
The jury consists of Karim Boukhari (Moroccan journalist), Meritxell Bragulat Vallverdu (Director of the Festival of Arab Cinema of Barcelona and the Mediterranean), Marianne Khoury (director, producer and Egyptian operator), Marie-Clémence Paes Andriamonta (author, director and producer Franco-Malagasy).
The jury will have to decide between the competing films for three festival awards, namely the Grand Prix “Nouzha Drissi,” the Special Jury Prize and the Prize for human rights.
The TV2M, partner of the festival, will award its prize to his favorite movie, while another jury Gadiris documentary film enthusiasts and apprentices from all over Morocco will award the Audience Award “Noureddine Kachti”.
The guest country of this 7th edition is the Swiss Confederation with the presentation of six documentaries, while a thematic program is devoted to 50 years of Moroccan emigration in Belgium through the projection of 3 films, knowing that documentary production will also honored with the presence of significant professional delegation from Barcelona.
Driven by the desire to strengthen its local presence, the event dedicated exclusively to documentaries, provides dozens of projections that supply blood to the entire territory of the town of Agadir: Jamal Adorra Complex, Ibn Zuhr University, community centers, municipal complex and association premises during the day and evening outdoor spaces.
The program also has several focus on the recent documentary production very different dynamic European territories in the matter, the opportunity to host delegations of authors and professionals from Switzerland, Wallonia-Brussels, Catalonia, Aquitaine, Ile de France and Finland.
Selecting this edition also includes several short and feature films made by the beneficiaries of the authors “Beehive documentary”, created three years ago by the FIDADOC for identifying and Moroccan filmmakers of tomorrow and to support them in the realization their projects.
And again this year, the Hive will host dozens of documentary filmmakers, students, journalists, documentary enthusiasts from all over Morocco, who will have the opportunity for a week to appraise their film projects by experienced professionals.
The this year’s opening ceremony took place in presence of the President of the Regional Council Souss Massa Draa Hafidi Brahim, president of the Urban Commune of Agadir Tariq Kabbaj, and several directors, actors and Moroccan artists foreigners.