Malmö Arab Film Festival (MAFF) announced selecting Tunisian cinema as the guest of honour of the festival’s 9th edition, taking place in the Swedish city of Malmo on 4-8 October.
The MAFF is an intercultural platform focusing on Arab cinema. With the aim of promoting cultural diversity and tolerance, the festival holds events all over Sweden.
The programme will showcase a range of cinematic and cultural activities that shed light on the history, present, and future of Tunisian cinema.
The guest of honour programme is held in cooperation between the MAFF and the Tunisian National Center of Cinema and Image (CNCI). The two parties signed a protocol detailing the various Tunisian events to be hosted by the festival, including the participation of five Tunisian features and four short films.
The festival will also include an exhibition for classic film posters, an extensive seminar, titled Tunisian Cinema between the Past and the Present, and a presentation about the activities of the CNCI during Malmö market forum.
A group of Tunisian filmmakers and journalists will come to Malmö for participating in the festival and presenting Tunisian cinema to the audience.
Founder and President of the Malmö Festival, Mouhamad Keblawi, said, “It’s easy to recognise the breakthrough happening in contemporary Tunisian cinema whose presence became a normal thing in all major festivals. Honouring this aspiring industry was a logical choice for the MAFF, which has been trying since its beginning to shed light on all that is distinctive in Arab cinema.”
“We are proud that the MAFF selected Tunisian cinema as guest of honour in the next edition,” said Chiraz Latiri, director of the CNCI. “The tribute reflects the continued positive movement the Tunisian cinema is encountering both qualitatively and quantitatively. The CNCI will spare no effort to help the programme coming out in the perfect form,” she added.