Doha, Qatar; November 21, 2012: Veteran directors from Algeria shared the challenges they face
in filmmaking and the evolution of the country’s film industry at a panel discussion hosted by the
fourth Doha Tribeca Film Festival (DTFF), the annual cultural event of Doha Film Institute (DFI).
DTFF is presenting a special Algerian showcase to coincide with the country’s 50 th year of
Independence. In the ‘Tribute to Algerian Cinema: Caught Between Past and Present,’ four films that
capture the frustrations, resilience and resounding hope of Algeria’s people in the post-colonial era
are being screened.
These include: Rome Rather Than You directed by Tariq Teguia; Winds of the Aures by Mohammed
Lakhdar-Hamina; Omar Gatlato by Merzak Allouache; and Nouba of the Women of Mont Chenoua
by Assia Djebar. DTFF is also screening Algerian films in its competition section including The
Repentant by Merzak Allouache; Fidaï by Damien Ounouri, Goodbye Morocco by Nadir Moknèche
and O My Body! by Laurent Aït Benalla.
The tribute culminates with a live performance by renowned Algerian jazz musician Safy Boutella
at the official Awards ceremony on Thursday, who will perform a special tribute to the nation. The
tribute showcase has been organised with support from Agence Algérienne pour le Rayonnement
The panel discussion was attended by Joana Hadjithomas, Nadir Moknèche, Merzak Allouache,
Damien Ounouri and Mohammed Lakhdar-Hamina.
The annual cultural event of Doha Film Institute (DFI), DTFF provides audiences a comprehensive
and enriching cultural experience with new screening venues across Doha. Indoor and outdoor
screenings take place at Katara Cultural Village, Museum of Islamic Arts and Souq Waqif.
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