« I am particularly moved by this award, which has chosen to highlight a film that is very close to my heart, » said Dounia Benjelloun-Mezian, director and founder of Dounia Production, after winning the Silver Dolphin at the category of « Arts, Music and Culture » at the Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards for her documentary » The Restoration of Saadian Tombs » .
In this 26-minute film, the director shows the colossal work of the « maalmines », craftsmen working in zellige, wood, plaster and marble, who thus « resuscitated » the Saadian tombs, an architectural jewel. In this documentary, the spectator will be the heart of this royal necropolis restoration project, from the Mihrab room, the Twelve Column Hall, to the Three Niches Room passing by the Lalla Messaouda Dome.
« I thank all my team and all the people who helped make this film. The fact that our efforts to promote the extraordinary Moroccan heritage have been recognized by professionals from all over the world is a great satisfaction, « said Dounia Benjelloun-Mezian, at the ceremony. Not only did she manage seven cinema theaters in Casablanca, Rabat and Tangier between 1991 and 2000, but also distributed films to all the cinemas of Morocco on behalf of Columbia Pictures and United International Pictures.