The Luxor African Film Festival (LAFF) is returning for its eighth consecutive version between 15-21 March, 2019, including two Moroccan films in the long narrative category. “M’barka” directed by Mohamed Zineddine, and “Indigo” by Salma Bargach.
The film “M’barka” tells the story of Abdou, a young man in his teenage years that lives in the outskirts of the city with his mother, M’barka. After discovering his friend struggles with Atopic Eczema, he attempts to find help for his friend. This leads them on a journey to friendship, struggle, and violence.
The second film, “Indigo” by Salma Bargash tells the life struggle of a 30-year-old woman, called Nora. Nora comes from a torn family with an abusive brother, who discovers her gift of clairvoyance. This discovery leads her to a quest where she will come to a life-changing understanding.
A third Moroccan entry is included in short film category. “Ales,” directed by Faical Ben, won the prize for best Arab short film at the 7th edition of the Delhi International Film Festival. This film recounts the tale of Ales, a sexually abused woman, who carried this trauma with her since she was 5 years old.
According to Sayed Fouad, President of the LAFF, 385 participated this year, and 102 were chosen to compete. These films are comprised of 10 long narrative films, 10 long documentaries, 10 freedom & human rights international themed films, 16 short films, and 14 national student films. The rest of the films are out of the competitions.
The festival jury consists of the Malian movie director Cheick Oumar Sissoko, Moroccan director Nour-Eddine Lakhmari, Tunisian producer Dora Bouchoucha, as well as Egyptian composer Rageh Sami Daoud.