Saudi film To My Son by director and actor Dhafer L’Abidine to be screened at Horizons of Arab Cinema competition

Saudi film To My Son by director and actor Dhafer L’Abidine will be screened at this year’s Horizons of Arab Cinema competition. Produced by MBC Studios, the film is the second film directed by the famous star, and revolves around the return of a Saudi father and son to Saudi Arabia after a long period of living outside the country that ended in a traumatic accident. L’Abidine’s first film, Ghodwa, was previously screened at the 43rd Cairo Film Festival, where it won the FIPRESCI award. TunisianMonitorOnline

CIFF names Danis Tanović President of the International Competition Jury at its 45th edition

As the 45th edition of the Cairo International Film Festival approaches, the appointment of the renowned Bosnian director Danis Tanović as the president of the Official Competition Jury is unveiled. This choice is made in a concerted effort to draw in prominent figures from the global film industry to take part in the festival, with the aim is to foster a platform for the exchange of experiences among emerging Egyptian, Arab, and international filmmakers who are participating in the event. Born in 1969, Bosnian director and screenwriter Danis Tanović is…

Tunisia: Djerba Island designated UNESCO World Heritage Site

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has officially validated Djerba Island’s application for inclusion on the World Heritage List, at the 45th enlarged session of the World Heritage Committee being held from 10 to 25 September in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in the presence of Minister of Cultural Affairs, Hayat Ketat Guermazi, and the delegation accompanying her. This was announced by the Ministry of Cultural Affairs in a press release published on its official website on Monday. A team of Tunisian experts from various structures and stakeholders at…

Bardo museum reopens after two-year closure

The Bardo National Museum in Tunis reopened its doors on Thursday after a two-year closure for “redevelopment work”. The museum’s director, Fatma Naït Yghil, told journalists present at the reopening of this jewel of Tunisian heritage that their job was to “refurbish and restore the monument to preserve its archaeological collections”.“The refurbishment work also affected the building, as the Bardo National Museum is also an attraction due to its Andalusian and Italian Mediterranean architecture, and not just for its archaeological collections”, she added. The Bardo Museum, located near the headquarters…

Oscars 2024: Tunisia Picks Kaouther Ben Hania’s ‘Four Daughters’ for International Feature Category

Ben Hania’s last feature, ‘The Man Who Sold His Skin,’ made the Oscar shortlist in 2021. Kaouther Ben Hania’s “Four Daughters” is the film that will represent Tunisia at the 96th Academy Awards for Best International Film «Oscars» 2024. According to the rules for the 2024 Oscar nominations, candidate films must have been released in their country of origin between December 1, 2022 and October 31, 2023. A shortlist of 15 films will be announced on December 21 and a shortlist of five films will be announced in early January…

Tunisian star Fares Landoulsi starts shooting new film ‘Hearts of Salt’ by Director Rosa Russo

Along with Tunisian star Fares Landoulsi, the cast includes English actor Alexander Vlahos, Eleonora De Luca and Paride Benassai… Tunisian star Fares Landoulsi is taking part in the shooting of the new film ‘Hearts of Salt’ (‘Cuori di sale’) by documentary director Rosa Russo which started on June 19. The new film also features Agrigento actor Gaetano Aronica in the cast. It is the story of a British ornithologist who arrives in Sicily to investigate the effects of climate change on migrations: he will witness a series of dramatic events…

MWL, Makkah Clock Towers sign scientific and cultural cooperation agreement

Muslim World League (MWL) and Makkah Clock Towers have signed a cooperation agreement in the scientific and cultural fields. The agreement was signed in the presence of MWL Secretary-General, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Museums and International Exhibitions of the Prophet’s Biography and Islamic Civilization Sheikh Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa. The agreement, which was signed by MWL Undersecretary for Executive Affairs Nayef Al-Sharif and Makkah Clock Towers CEO Abdulaziz Al-Mousa, aims to highlight the contents of the Prophet’s biography and the ancient Islamic civilization through various…

Media incubation project MEDIA LOVES TECH awards the best projects of 2022

MEDIA LOVES TECH supports new digital tools for media in the Maghreb. The incubation program helps journalists combine high-potential reporting with emerging technology to make storytelling more efficient and effective. This year’s grand prize of €10,000 went to MOOM, a Tunisian digital media platform geared to expectant mothers and young parents, offering them factual information and useful tips for navigating pregnancy and early childhood.  “MOOM fills a gap in Tunisia by addressing a target group looking for reliable information and ignoring existing taboos in Tunisian society about pregnancy and parenthood,”…

Palestinian film “Alam” wins top award at Cairo Int’l Film Festival

Palestinian film Alam, directed by Palestinian filmmaker Firas Khoury and co-funded by producers from France, Tunisia, Palestine, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, won the top Golden Pyramid Award for Best Film at the 44th Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF) concluded here on Tuesday evening. The feature, which won the top prize in the 14-film International Competition, tells the story of five Palestinian high-school classmates who live in Israel and struggle under the weight of being forced to forget their own history. French producer Naomie Lagadec, who received the Golden Pyramid on…

CIFF Concludes Its 44th Edition

The closing ceremony of the 44th edition of the Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF), held at the Main Hall, Cairo Opera House, has just ended, in the presence of the Minister of Culture, Dr. Nevine Al-Kilani and a vast number of stars, Egyptian and Arab filmmakers, journalists, media professionals, and iconic figures. The ceremony began with the opening speech of CIFF’s Chairman, artist Hussein Fahmy: Over a period of nine days, the festival presented diversified shows and films to the audience. Additionally, the huge number of audiences was remarkable; he…