The Los Angeles Amazigh Film Festival is back this year with a new selection if films focusing on Moroccan Imazighen. Once again ACAA is proud to be one of its sponsors. Thank you to everyone who keeps ACAA going and in turn helps keep such events going.
In another post we will bring you a short version of this festival to be held in New York City for the first time.
Bravo and thank you LAAFF and its organizers!
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To mark the anniversary of the birth of the "rebel", the Amazigh association "Taferka" of Montreuil, Paris, France has invited a large audience to attend the premiere of the documentary "Matoub Lounes: the eternal struggle" by Tahar Yami.
The film, which briefly traces Lounes's journey, begins with what is a
nightmare for the entire Kabylia region: the assassination of the singer on Thursday, June 25, 1998 on the road to At-Dwala. With poignant images, the director went over the circumstances of the tragedy and the pain it caused to thousands who have flocked to Tawrirt Musa for Lounes's funeral. With a clear commentary by Abderrazak Larbi Cherif, the images recall the anger expressed by the people of Kabylia, the international indignation and media coverage of the event. The film continues with footage on the singer's itinerary focusing on his childhood, his artistic career, his compositions and his inspirations.
To Yami Tahar, "Lounes was not a typical singer". He was a simple but complex individual, rough and affectionate, tender and firm at the same time. He was a generous man who was moulded by life's experiences. In artistic terms, undoubtedly, he was a virtuoso. He had a unique, gravelly and enchanting voice. His lyrics and his music are masterpieces. " In the second part of the film, the director made the connection between Matoub's fight and the events that shook Kabylia in 2001. The director explains that "April 80, the Black Spring, and between the two, the assassination of Lounes, are closely related events. The identity claim and the struggle for democratic freedoms are the foundation of this ongoing struggle shared by Berber activists."
The film leads us to see in Lounes Matoub an outstanding artist, who is now known and recognized. He is adored by his fans and honored beyond the borders of his country, as in France, where streets and squares in cities are given his name. "This recognition puts Matoub in the tradition of the great men of our world. His name is associated with courage and selflessness. Even dead, he is still living in the heart of his people, " says the director.
In the debate, members of the audience recalled the popularity of Matoub, his commitment, and of course his assassination, the findings of the investigation and numerous litigation. Malika Matoub, Lounes's sister, present in the room, spoke about the personality of the "rebel" and placed great emphasis on the protection of artistic work, especially with the urgency of preserving the many documentary records of the singer. An immediate response from Ms. Dominque Voynet, the mayor of Montreuil, who attended the screening with two deputies of the city: "I recognize in Matoub a great activist of the universal dimension, and I promise you, she said at Malika, to arrange a meeting with the Minister of Culture during his next visit to our town. "Although very short, the film has the merit to trace briefly the life and work of this exceptional singer."
Tahar Yami realizes that 26 minutes "is not enough to tell the life of this great person. My goal is not to be exhaustive, but to deliver a powerful message with a short film. I think I said what needed to be said and especially made a film that promotes Matoub Lounes's fight, hoping in the future to create a documentary that will cover in detail the life and journey of this artist."
Translated from French by HL
ACCA-Region 2 is pleased to announce the projection of a short documentary "DECHARGE INTERDITE " (Dumping Prohibited) a 26 min documentary by Tahar Yami. The documentary addresses the issue of wild trash dumping in Kabylie. In the last years unregulated and polluting dumps have reached a critical point. This is Tahar's attempt at sounding the alarm. The documentary has been screened at the 2011 Amazigh Film Festival in Tizi-Wezzu, Algeria and was given the Jury's Special Prize in the category Amazigh Panorama. Tahar Yami is an idependent photorapher and video author and this documentary is his first. Prior to this Tahar worked for La Maison de la Culture in Tizi-Wezzu, the AJBF association in Paris and BRTV. Tahar will be present to discuss the documentary and the environmental question in Kabylie
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Thursday , June 23, 2011 at 8:30PM
This event is free.
Synopsis in French: Dans le voyage en pays kabyle, le paysage féerique tant vanté, côtoie un décor désolant fait de gigantesques montagnes d’ordure et de toutes sortes des détritus jonchant les faussées et les accotements débordant jusque sur la chaussée. Ces amas sauvages semblent s’installer durablement partout dans l’indifférence et la complicité de tout un chacun. Les populations ont tendance à s’adapter à la prolifération de ces saletés et les autorités paraissent impuissantes devant ces situations qui défient toutes règles d’hygiène, de santé et de protection de l’environnement.
Sofiane (left) and one of his colleagues on the set of RAPT (right)
Sofiane Bellali is a young Kabyl director who is interested in making action films. RAPT (Kidnapping) is his first of the kind and tells the story of the kidnapping of the son of a wealthy Kabyl. It is not at all surprising that the first Kabyl action film is about kidnapping because the region has recently fallen victim to this sort of crime, unfortunately. Just in the last month two separate such incidents happened: a seventy year old man was kidnapped in Amechras and recently released (without rasom), but another a much younger person named Mourad Bilek, the son of operator of the French car maker Renault dealership in Algeria. The latter has not yet been released.
Sofiane is a very young and energetic video aficionado from Bughni (near Tizi-Wezzu) who put together a team of young actors and video producers who just went ahead and di something they liked. They did not come out of a prestegious film school or anything like that, they simply had a passion. Most of the team members are from the Bughni area. The film RAPT was shown at a film festival in Tunis this year but has not yet been released publicly.
Sofiane and his team of video producers and actors should be encouraged to push even further and bring Kabyl and Amazigh cinema in general in to this unchartered territory and give Amazigh art and artists a chance to develop and excel for the benefit of Imazighen and all humanity.
A short documentary by Farid Chefaoui. Documents a day in the life of a group of Ayt-Buaddu sheppards. More precisely these sheappards are from Ayt-Jimaa, the village of legendary Hmed -Umerri. Join the director of this short story to find out about a simple life that still exists in the high reaches of the Djurdjura mountains.
It is our great pleasure to announce the ACAA sponsorship to the 3rd annual celebration of the Los Angeles Amazigh Film Festival that will take place on October 30th at the Barnsdall Theatre and Art Gallery in LA (see enclosed press release for more details).
The Los Angeles Amazigh Film Festival (LAAF) celebrates its 3rd year under the leadership of its founder Helene Hagan, a long time proud ACAA member, a fierce advocate of the Amazigh culture and the President and founder of Tazzla Institute for Cultural Diversity, a non-profit, 501c(3) California charitable and educational organization that was founded in 1993. Some of its activities can be viewed on its web site at www.tazzla.org. In 2007, Tazzla Institute initiated a new project in keeping with its commitment to educate American audiences about the Amazigh (Berber) culture.
The Festival, sponsored by the Department of Cultural Affairs, city of Los Angeles, the Amazigh Cultural Association in America (ACAA), and the Hagan Law Firm of Palo Alto and Los Angeles is rich in content and some of the major events that will take place are summarized below:
1. Two documentaries:
4. Asshak: Tales of the Sahara” a film (110 minutes) by U. Koche, Catpics Productions, in Tamashek with English sub-titles. The film was made possible by the collaboration of Tuaregs of Northern Niger.
5. A Concert of traditional Amazigh music of the High Atlas of Morocco by two talented musicians, AZA performers Fattah Abbou and Mohamed Aoualou, North African band from Santa Cruz.
The main speakers will be Helene Hagan (President of Tazzla Institute and Organizer of the Festival) introducing the event, and Aomar Benslimane (President of ACAA) speaking on ACAA contribution to the Amazigh culture over the years and its strong support to the Amazigh film festival and its intent to strengthen its commitment with Tazzla Institute for the purpose of educating the American audience on the Amazigh culture and finally Rachid Bouksim, Director of the Issi N’Ourgh Film Festival of Agadir, Morocco who will speak about the Amazigh Cinematography of Morocco
An ACAA booth will be available that will display some of the major publications that ACAA published or helped publish over the years (books, magazines, CDs, card games etc…).
Let’s show our support to the festival by gathering there over that week end. It will be a nice week end to support the festival, visit the west coast and re-connect our fellow imazighen of the west coast.
This is a unique and rich program of film, food and music celebrating the AMAZIGH culture of North Africa and the Sahara.
Mark your calendars, and do not miss this event on Saturday, October 30th, 2010. Tickets ($15.00– Adults and $10.00 children under 12) will be available for early purchase on http://www.laaff.org where you will find more information on the LOS ANGELES AMAZIGH FILM FESTIVAL 2010. Information will also be available on www.tamazgha.org.
Those from the East coast who can make the trip, please get in touch with Aomar at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 201 388 1586 so we can get organized to make arrangements for discount airfare and lodging accommodations.
Click on the file below to download the festival flier.
English version follows
The second annual Los Angeles Film Festival will take place on January 10th 2009. It coincides with the celebration of the Amazigh New Year or the Yennayer celebration. This festival is organized by the Tazzla Institute for Cultural Diversity (www.tazzla.org) and co-sponsored by the Amazigh Cultural Association in America.
English version follows
The Road Behind, The Road Ahead is a new documentary by aspiring artist Hacene Zennia. It was just released on DVD and can be purchased online (see below). The documentary has already been shown at the 2008 Los Angeles Amazigh Film Festival and at the 2008 Tafsut commemoration by ACAA, in New Jersey.
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