Bulgaria: Morocco’s Hamid Basket Wins Best Filmmaker Award at Golden Femi Film Festival

Moroccan filmmaker Hamid Basket scooped the Best Director award at the 2nd Golden Femi Film Festival, which took place recently in Sofia, with a focus on “combating violence against women and children.”Hamid Basket won the “Best Director Award” for his…

Moroccan filmmaker Hamid Basket scooped the Best Director award at the 2nd Golden Femi Film Festival, which took place recently in Sofia, with a focus on “combating violence against women and children.”

Hamid Basket won the “Best Director Award” for his feature-film “The Silence of the Butterflies”, a thriller dealing with the lives of women struggling to regain a lost humanism.

At the official awards ceremony, held at the Sofia Balkan Hotel, “Le silence des papillons” also clinched the Festival’s 3rd Grand Prix.

Speaking on this occasion, Morocco’s Ambassador to Bulgaria, Zakia Midaoui, who received the trophy on behalf of Mr. Basket, expressed her gratitude to the organizers of this edition of the Festival and to the members of the jury for this award.

“This moment is full of symbolism, as we are all concerned by the scourge of violence against women and children. This is why, on behalf of filmmaker Hamid Basket, I dedicate this trophy to all women and children in the world, in general, and to abused women and children, in particular,” the diplomat said.

Ms. Midaoui said she was honored by the award, describing it as a “token of friendship from the Bulgarian people to the Moroccan people.”

Nearly 3,000 films representing 125 countries were in competition at the 2023 edition of the Golden Femi Film Festival in all categories (documentaries, feature films, shorts, animation, series, student films, films for people with special needs, and so on). Screenings of the films presented at the festival will continue until the end of the year.

Furthermore, as part of the festival’s promotion of just causes, including ecology and sustainable development, Mrs. El Midaoui and a host of Bulgarian figures set up a “Forest of Glory” in Sofia’s Studentski Park.

This initiative, held in partnership with the Sofia Municipality and the Chairman of the Sofia City Council, Georgi Georgiev, saw the planting of a hundred trees and various types of vegetation and bush in the park.

The Golden Femi Film Festival is an international platform, attracting movies with topical social themes from all over the world. The event focuses on female filmmakers and the fight against domestic violence against women and children.

Source: Agency Morocaine De Presse

Syria participates at Festival of Embassies – Food & Culture 2023, Prague

The activities of the 8th Festival of Embassies – Food & Culture 2023 began in Prague on Saturday with participation of Syria.The festival is organized by Prague and foreign embassies and consulates accredited in the Czech Republic under the slogan “C…

The activities of the 8th Festival of Embassies – Food & Culture 2023 began in Prague on Saturday with participation of Syria.

The festival is organized by Prague and foreign embassies and consulates accredited in the Czech Republic under the slogan “Culture and food unite peoples”.

It is an event presenting the culture and gastronomy of countries around the world.

The Syrian Embassy stand at the festival presents the cultural on Syria, including the textile and food industries, tourist and heritage places in addition to food dishes and sweets which are well known in Syria.

Embassies of 52 countries, including several Arab countries, took part in the festival.

Source: Syrian Arab News Agency

Syria participates in International Festival of Independent Cinema of Casablanca

National Film Organization is participating in the official competition of International Festival of Independent Cinema Casablanca (FICIC) in its 2nd session, through narrative film “The Road” by director Abdellatif Abdelhamid. The festival will start …

National Film Organization is participating in the official competition of International Festival of Independent Cinema Casablanca (FICIC) in its 2nd session, through narrative film “The Road” by director Abdellatif Abdelhamid. The festival will start on Friday, and is hosted by Casablanca, Morocco.

The film, will compete with 12 films from 16 Arab and foreign countries.

The film depicts a simple rural scene whose characters belong to their environment, which is colored by warm life details that bear their hopes and disappointments as a result of the storms of life.

The main hero of its events is child Saleh and his suffering as a result of being accused of stupidity by everyone around him, but his grandfather who bears the same name took it upon himself to transform the child’s cognitive stupidity to cognitive and aesthetic intelligence.

The film won three awards at Carthage Film Festival.

Source: Syrian Arab News Agency

Actor Osama Al-Romani ends nearly 50 years of an artistic career

The Syrian drama bid farewell to another of its stars, with the departure of one of the pillars of the Syrian theater, the renowned artist Osama al-Romani, who folded more than half a century of dramatic, theatrical and radio work, leaving works that a…

The Syrian drama bid farewell to another of its stars, with the departure of one of the pillars of the Syrian theater, the renowned artist Osama al-Romani, who folded more than half a century of dramatic, theatrical and radio work, leaving works that are still entrenched in the Syrian memory, with characters that varied in form and content.

The body of late actor , who passed away at dawn last Monday, at the age of 81, was escorted from Dar Al-Shifa Hospital in Damascus into his final resting place in a cemetery near Sayyida Zeinab shrine.

Despite his absence for more than forty years from the Syrian drama, Romani left a good impression present in the memory of the companions of Syrian artists who expressed their grief at the loss of one of the few remaining from a time period that immortalized a distinctive imprint in the memory of generations.

The companion of his first creative career and his friend, renowned actor Dureid Lahham, recalled in a statement to SANA the most beautiful moments that they shared together in the theater, through the plays “Ghourba” and “Tishreen Village”, leading to the last two dramatic and cinematic works that he collected after many years, which are “Alive in Love,” and the movie “Two Days”, which he will not be able to attend its showing on the seventh art screens, describing him as an exceptional artist with high morals and loyal to his art and colleagues.

Source: Syrian Arab News Agency

Syrian film (Orient Spirit) wins Best Director Award at al-Noor International Film Festival in Morocco

Syrian documentary film (Orient Spirit), written and directed by al-Mohanad Kulthum , won the Best Director Award at the conclusion of the activities of the 5th session of Al Noor International Film Festival, which started on May 25 to 27 in Casablanca…

Syrian documentary film (Orient Spirit), written and directed by al-Mohanad Kulthum , won the Best Director Award at the conclusion of the activities of the 5th session of Al Noor International Film Festival, which started on May 25 to 27 in Casablanca, Morocco.

Ten feature films and short documentaries from several countries participated in the festival, which is organized by al-Nour Features Association for Cultures and Arts.

The film, Decodrama, documents a number of elements of the intangible heritage in Syria, distributed over practices, rituals and ceremonies, as well as the arts and traditions of performing performances, traditions and forms of oral expression.

In addition to the knowledge and practices related to nature and the universe, which are part of the cultural heritage that is transmitted from one generation to another, and provides people with a sense of identity and continuity.

“This film is a cinematic document for the intangible heritage, which is essentially a living heritage in its various spiritual aspects that drive generational ideas that have reached us”, in a statement to SANA, Kulthum said.

Kulthum noted that the name of the film “Orient Spirit” has come from the heritage which is the spirit of society, including customs, traditions, rituals, celebrations, folk costumes and forms of oral expression.

He pointed out that our rich Syrian heritage gives us life and continuity as part of the belonging component of our identity and our cultural diversity.

The script of the film was written by writer Ansaf Sulaitin, director of photography Safwan al-Shaer and narrator Mowafaq al-Ahmad, production director Bassam Khadam, montague and graphics by Firas Fouad Jdeed.

Source: Syrian Arab News Agency

Culture Minister, Italian delegation discuss means to boost cultural cooperation

Minister of Culture, Dr. Lubanah Mshaweh stressed the necessity of exchanging experiences and musical, artistic, archaeological and craft missions between Syria and Italy to exchange cultural experiences, and to correct the image of Syria, which the We…

Minister of Culture, Dr. Lubanah Mshaweh stressed the necessity of exchanging experiences and musical, artistic, archaeological and craft missions between Syria and Italy to exchange cultural experiences, and to correct the image of Syria, which the West wanted to distort.

That came during a meeting that brought together Minister Mshaweh and a delegation that included representatives of the Italian CasaPound party, the European Front for the Defense of Syria, and head of the Syrian community in Italy, a number of cultural issues and prospects for joint cooperation.

Dr. Mshaweh appreciated the position of the Italian CasaPound party in support of the Syrian people and their cause, despite the unjust European measures and sanctions against Syria.

In turn, the head of the party, Gianluca Iannone, reviewed the initiatives presented by the party and the Front in support of Syria and its people during the war waged against the country, and the assistance provided to those affected by the devastating earthquake that struck it.

The head of the party underlined the importance of the work of the Italian archaeological missions in Syria, which highlights the features of civilization there, stressing their readiness to cooperate and support any cultural activity and to organize tourist trips to Syria for Italian students.

Source: Syrian Arab News Agency