“La Guérisseuse” (The Healer) by Mohamed Zineddaine has won the grand prize in the feature-length film category at the ninth Maghreb Film Festival of Oujda held virtually from November 25-29. The festival saw the participation of six feature-length films and 12 short movies.
Released in 2018, “The Healer” follows the story of 16-year-old Abdou, a simple teen boy from the outskirts of a Moroccan mining town who aspires to learn how to read and write. Abdou’s mother, however, forbids him from seeking education out of fear that he will someday leave his hometown.
The prize for Best Director was awarded to Moroccan Hassan Benjelloun for his feature film “For The Cause”, and the jury prize to Tunisian director Walid Tayaa for his film “Fataria”.
During the virtual closing ceremony of this edition, the Festival paid tribute to the Moroccan playwright, director, and screenwriter Abdeslam Loudiyi.
As a reminder, this edition was placed under the theme “Oujda, the Crossroads of Maghreb Cinema”, and had on the program workshops, masterclasses, and webinars with renowned personalities, known in the film diaspora of the Maghreb.