The twelfth edition of the Trans-Saharan Film Festival at Zagora opens on December 17th and runs to the 20th under the theme: Film and Tolerance
Again this year the festival will hold an international competition for feature films, with entries from Morocco, Tunisia, Bahrain, Holland, Canada, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, the United Arab Emirates.
Featured films will have a common link with subjects related to desert culture; water, nomadism oasis lifestyle, customs and manners, Kasbahs and climate change.
Egyptian actor Abdelaziz Makhyoun has been chosen to chair the competition jury. Makhyoun is known for Beggars and Proud Ones (1991), Alexandria... Why? (1979) and Hadduta misrija (1982).
Besides the competition section, the festival devotes a lot of energy into promoting training for young people in the region, with workshops led by experts on acting, audiovisual reportage, documentary making and a master class provided by the Moroccan writer Mohamed Ariouès, focusing on writing film scripts.
The Association for the Trans-Sahara Zagora movie hopes to promote the image of Zagora as a city with high cultural and human values and a place of innovation, openness, dialogue and tolerance.