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The Network - 02/08/2013


Algeria: L’Envol de la Cigogne


Festival Timezrit

At the start of July, the second edition of L’Envol de la Cigogne (the Flight of the Stork), an Algerian film festival for young audiences, was held in the city of Timezrit, to the east of Algiers. Le France cinema from Saint-Etienne was closely involved.

This festival is the fruit of a long cooperation between the association that runs Le France cinema, a member of Europa Cinemas since 1999, and the association Ciné + in Timezrit. The two cities share the legacy of mining, and in the past Algerian miners have come to work in Saint-Etienne. This common past led the two associations to work together on audiovisual projects after they met in 2004. Exchanges of groups of young people between the cities from 2005 to 2011 have resulted notably in a documentary film, SAINT-ETIENNE / TIMEZRIT: ALLERS ET RETOURS, in which a dozen secondary school students from Saint-Etienne   gathered miners’ testimonies in France and Algeria.

Timezrit has 26,000 inhabitants and is situated forty kilometres from Béjaïa, the largest city in the region.

The partnership kicked off with the creation of a festival in July 2012, which benefited from the experience of Le France, the co-organiser of the festival for young audiences “Tête de Mule”, which takes place each year in Saint-Etienne and Roanne. The goal of “L’Envol de la Cigogne” was to have young people participate in organising the event, which blends cultural workshops and film screenings. Last year the festival had 1,650 viewers.

For the second edition, which took place from 1 – 10 July, three artists from Saint-Etienne – one musician, one visual artist and one video maker – accompanied Antoine Ravat, the coordinator of the project for the cinema Le France.

The feature films screened at the festival were: LA PROMESSE (Luc et Jean-Pierre Dardenne, BE), THE RED BALLOON (Albert Lamorisse, FR), MASQUERADES (Lyes Salem, FR/DZ), THE LITTLE GIRL WHO SOLD THE SUN (Djibril Diop Mambéty, SN), WADJDA (Haifaa Al-Mansour, SA), LES CONTES DE LA MERE POULE (Morteza Ahadinn Vajihollah Fard-Moghadam, Farkondeh Torabi, IR), LA CHINE EST ENCORE LOIN (Malek Bensmail, DZ), SO YOUNG A PEACE (Jacques Charby, DZ) and HOLD BACK  (Rachid Djaïdani, FR).

Jb Selliez



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