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:
- “Lost Art of the Sahara” Boilerplate Productions and Bradshaw Foundation, a Swiss ethnographic film (2006) directed by Kathi von Koerber and produced by Kiakheya productions.
- “Footsteps to Africa: a Nomadic Journey” in Tamashek (Tuareg language)with the collaboration of the Tuareg people of northern Mali.
- Philanthropist of Ojai Leslie Clark who heads the Nomad Foundation, a charitable organization which helps Tuareg and Waudabe people of northern Niger.
- The silversmith Moussa Albaka of Agadez, Niger will bring his exquisite jewelry designs and Helene E. Hagan’s 2006 book “Tuareg Jewelry: Traditional Patterns and Symbols.”
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.