French-Moroccan filmmaker takes top prize at FESPACO

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Fievres movie poster

Hicham Ayouch, a French-Moroccan filmmaker, won the Palme d'Ouagadougou prize for his film Fievres at the Pan-African Film Festival of Ouagadougou (FESPACO) on 7 March. FESPACO is held annually in Burkina Faso.

Also in the running for the top prize was Abderrahmane Sissako’s Oscar-nominated film Timbuktu, which was temporarily withdrawn from appearing at FESPACO due to fears of it provoking an Islamist attack. Organisers later reversed the decision and according to Reuters, the country’s interim president Michel Kafando commented, "FESPACO is a platform for everyone to come and express themselves democratically and freely. Consequently, there was no way we could not show a film that was apparently threatened by terrorism."

Fievres tells the story of a 13-year-old boy who discovers who his biological father is when his mother is sent to jail. He then goes to live with his father in a ghetto in Paris, where he sets of on a path of self-destruction.

Watch the Fievres trailer.