The 11th edition of the International Documentary Film Festival ended on a happy note, on Saturday, June 22, in Agadir at the closing ceremony. The short film jury, headed by Algerian filmmaker Hassen Ferhani, has awarded a special mention to “Zouj Bghal” by Morocco’s Houda Rahmani and awarded the Short Film Award to Moroccan Latefa Ahrrare for “Tharbat” N’Wadoo “.
The star of the evening, however, was the film “Amussu” by Nadir Bouhmouch & le Mouvement de la route 96 who won the Nouzha Drissi Grand Prize. A distinction rewarding “a film that recounts the peaceful struggle of the inhabitants of an Amazigh village in Morocco, putting women at the center of history, as explained by Fidadoc in a statement.
It’s a film that managed to merge politics with poetry through cinematographic elements such as landscapes, folk songs, costumes, and dialogues, transforming a provincial problem into a universal history. Composed of Farah Clémentine Dramani-Issifou (Benin, France), Mo Siam (Egypt), Eva Vila (Spain) and Mohamed Zineddaine (Morocco), the jury of the International competition also awarded a special mention to “Dreamaway” by Marouane Omara & Johanna Domke (Egypt, Germany), as well as the human rights prize to “A Mansourah, tu nous as séparés” from Dorothée Myriam Kellou (France, Algeria, Denmark).