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Amazigh Film Festival to honor Libyan courage

The International Amazigh Film Festival, “Issni N’ourgh,” which means “the Golden Crown,” will honor Libyan intellectuals at its fifth edition, which opens on Thursday in the Moroccan city of Agadir.

The festival’s director, Rashid Boukassim, said that choosing Libya as the guest of honor reflects the interest of the organizers of the events taking place in the Arab world, and shows the festival’s interaction with the various changes occurring in North Africa and the Middle East.

He added that honoring Libya this year is a recognition of the contribution of Libyan elites to the Amazigh culture, a culture whose members endured torture and violence under Qaddafi’s rule. In addition, many of them were forced into exile, such as Madghis Umadi, the founder of Libya’s Al Ahrar TV, who lived for years in exile between the United States, Canada and Morocco.

The festival will also be attended by other important artists who defied repression in order to keep their language alive, using cinema as a means of expression.

Boukassim said that the festival will highlight the richness of the Amazigh film industry, which, he says, abounds in semantic and intellectual nuances.

Boukassim said that “the increasing number of Amazigh film festivals in the Maghreb countries is a positive sign that indicates that this awakening will inevitably establish a real reconciliation with history.”

Twenty films will be aired at the festival, including documentaries and short, as well as films that have won international awards.

(Translated from Arabic by Sarah Sfeir.)