North Africa: PriMed 2011 lists more than 300 films

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The Mediterranean is more and more present on our television screens. For the first time the number of films registered in all categories of PriMed 2011 exceeded 300 units. This is a new record which confirms that the major producers and broadcasters of the world are interested in Mediterranean issues.

The 16th edition of PriMed presents a large numbers of high quality movies. For 2011 PriMed develop its program offering to the public the opportunity to attend screenings of all films selected for the finals. Screenings were held in two prestigious locations in the heart of Marseille in France: the ‘Alcazar’ library and the ‘Maison de la Région’.

Among the themes of this year we find the political and social transformation of Tunisia and Egypt and the Status of Women in the Mediterranean culture today. About Memory, we find forgotten wars and revolutions (in the case of Moroccan, revolutionary Abldelkrim), but also unusual stories like the Republic of the Roses, an incomplete dream of an ingenious Italian of 1960.

The Mediterranean does not forget the love of life and colors, in the category “Art, Heritage and Cultures (the most important if we consider the number of registered films) we discover the architectural heritage of the Middle East, the Franco-Algerian music project of Mouss and Hakim, the sublime voice of Roza Eskenazy, famous singer of 30 years between Greece and Turkey.

A fistful of laughs, surprises, fights, emotions and rituals is what the “young space” of PriMed offers for this edition. The “First Work” category presents different topics like Palestinian jokes, the unfinished works in southern Italy, the follies of a Gypsy wedding in Bulgaria, and more. Similarly, in the “investigative reporting” category we find very different themes.

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