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Algerian directors share challenges in filmmaking at 4th DTFF panel discussion

Nov 21, 2012

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Doha, Qatar; November 21, 2012: Veteran directors from Algeria shared the challenges they face in filmmaking and the evolution of the country’s film industry at a panel discussion hosted by the fourth Doha Tribeca Film Festival (DTFF), the annual cultural event of Doha Film Institute (DFI).

DTFF is presenting a special Algerian showcase to coincide with the country’s 50th year of Independence. In the ‘Tribute to Algerian Cinema: Caught Between Past and Present,’ four films that capture the frustrations, resilience and resounding hope of Algeria’s people in the post-colonial era are being screened.

These include: Rome Rather Than You directed by Tariq Teguia; ‘Winds of the Aures’ by Mohammed Lakhdar-Hamina; ‘Omar Gatlato’ by Merzak Allouache; and ‘Nouba of the Women of Mont Chenoua’ by Assia Djebar. DTFF is also screening Algerian films in its competition section including ‘The Repentant’ by Merzak Allouache; ‘Fidaï’ by Damien Ounouri, ‘Goodbye Morocco’ by Nadir Moknèche and ‘O My Body!’ by Laurent Aït Benalla.

The tribute culminates with a live performance by renowned Algerian jazz musician Safy Boutella at the official Awards ceremony on Thursday, who will perform a special tribute to the nation. The tribute showcase has been organised with support from Agence Algérienne pour le Rayonnement Culturel.

The panel discussion was attended by Joana Hadjithomas, Nadir Moknèche, Merzak Allouache, Damien Ounouri and Mohammed Lakhdar-Hamina.

The annual cultural event of Doha Film Institute (DFI), DTFF provides audiences a comprehensive and enriching cultural experience with new screening venues across Doha. Indoor and outdoor screenings take place at Katara Cultural Village, Museum of Islamic Arts and Souq Waqif.