African Films at the Cannes Film Festival: North Africa

“The Arab Spring uprisings have reached even the glitzy French Riviera city of Cannes, which kick(ed) off its annual film festival Wednesday. The gala is is showcasing Egypt and featuring two movies about this year’s protests that toppled long-time Tunisian and Egyptian leaders.

The 11-day Cannes Film Festival will feature the usual mix of star power and an array of movies from all over the world.

One of the biggest attractions is U.S. director Woody Allen’s latest film, “Midnight in Paris,” which features French first lady Carla Bruni.

But Arab politics – notably the wave of anti-government demonstrations in North Africa and the Middle East – also will make an appearance.

The festival is honoring Egypt as its first ever guest country. Next week, Cannes will be airing “18 Jours” – or “18 Days” – a series of short films made by 10 Egyptian directors during the popular uprising that toppled long-time president Hosni Mubarak.

Tunisia’s so-called “Jasmine Revolution” also will be featured with “Plus Jamais Peur” – or “No More Fear” – a documentary shot during the January protests that chased dictator Zine el Abidine Ben Ali from power.

The movie features key participants in the Tunisian revolt, including human rights lawyer Radhia Nasraoui.The world’s film makers and industry practitioners began converging at the The Cannes Film Festival yesterday. The Festival has also taken focus on the has been underway and this year, the popular festivScreenings will be held of Zelal by Marianne Khoury and Mustapha Hasnaoui (Egypt) and Ni Allah Ni Maître/Neither Allah nor Master by Nadia El Fani (Tunisia). . .”

Full Story at VOA News.

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