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UNESCO Maghreb: The place of women in Maghreb cinema debated at Salé 

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The stereotypes and other sexist images conveyed in the cinema are at the heart of a regional seminar. Organized by the UNESCO Maghreb office, it is held on September 21st at the Dawliz hotel in Salé on the sidelines of the 13th edition of the Sale International Women’s Film Festival and is under the theme “For gender equality in the audiovisual industry and film in the Maghreb-Mashreq region”.

The shock of images, the weight of words. The UNESCO Maghreb office concocted a regional seminar on the sidelines of the 13th edition of the Salé International Women’s Film Festival, under the theme “For gender equality in the audiovisual industry and film in the region”.

The goal? Realize an inventory of gender equality in cinema in the MENA region, before identifying the causes of persistent inequality, both in terms of the development of the industry and the point of view of stereotypical images, as promised by the organizers in a statement.

For this, speakers and participants, including a panel of experts and professionals representing organizations from Algeria, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia, and Europe, will exchange on the basis of the results of two studies unveiled for the occasion. Among the invited guests are, Doura Bouchoucha, member of the academy of Oscars, academic, film producer and President South Scriptures, filmmakers Salma Bargach and Laila Kilani, also Isabel Castro, member of European Women in Audiovisual Network and Ilham Hamrouni of the Tunisian Federation of Ciné-Clubs and the WiA network.

At the end of the seminar, recommendations are expected as well as the adoption of a Call entitled “Towards the 1st edition of Assises of Equality in the audiovisual and film industry in the Maghreb-Machreq region. – Morocco, 2020.”

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