Meknes Hosts First Arab Film Festival, June 14th – 21st, 2019

Meknes Hosts 1st Arab Film Festival

From June 14th-21st, 2019 Morocco’s Meknes community will host the first Arab International Film Festival Market Forum. The festival is the first of it’s kind to take place in the 17th-century northern Moroccan city. FIFAM seeks to establish the kingdom as a cultural and artistic hub whilst showcasing Meknes’ historical significance. Additionally, it wants to shed light on Arab cinema’s unique perspectives and offer insights into Islamic culture. The festival creates space for attendees and facilitators to engage in cross-cultural discussions and foster relationships between Arab speaking countries and participants.

Morocco’s Meknes community will host the first Arab International Film Festival.

The festival has chosen to honor Egypt and will host films from 15 Arab countries. Moroccan Films on the cinema roster include Au Pays Des Merveilles by Jihane El Bahhar, Le Papillon by Hamid Basket, Petits Bonheurs by Mohamed Cherif Tribak, and Dallas by Mohamed Ali El Mejboud.

The forum has also organized a series of workshops for those interested in film making and distribution. Topics to be covered in the program will include identifying cinematic trends, skill share and exchange, and conversations on cultural subjects.

On the list of notary tributes is Mohamed Miftah. The Casablanca born actor made a big contribution to theater, television, and cinema in Morocco and abroad.  The Moroccan legend has become one of the kingdom’s first actors to appear on television. He starred in Ahmed Haïdar’s Al Moutarada and worked alongside famous directors Chakib Ben Omar, Mohamed Lotfi, then with Daoud Aulad Sayed in A Weekend in Larache. Miftah appeared in over twenty feature films. FIFAM is sponsored by the Meknès-Azzaytoune Alkobra Association, an organization aspiring to nourish cinema culture in Morocco.

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