The feature film “Annato” by Moroccan director Fatima Boubekdi won the President of the Republic’s Grand Prize at the 3rd edition of the “Les Téranga” Film Festival, organized in Dakar with Morocco as guest of honor and at which attended a strong Moroccan delegation.
Held under the theme “Take your place as a woman through the cinema”, the film meeting is organized by the association “Cinema 221” in collaboration with the National Grand Theater of Dakar and other partners.
During this 3rd edition, Morocco won several prizes in the feature film and documentary categories.
Thus, the film “Indigo” by director Selma Bergach won the prize for best feature film, while Merième Addou won the 1st documentary prize for her film “Suspended Women”. The second prize in the documentary category went to “Ballon de sable”.
In addition to the Grand Prize of the Head of State, Fatima Boubekdi also won the prize for the best photo, the prize for the best sound and the prize for the best decor for her feature film “Annato”.
As for Rachida Saadi, she won the feature film jury prize for “Women of the pavilion”.
On the other hand, “L’appel”, a film by Mariakenzi Lahlou, won the UNICEF Special Prize for Innovation 2022.
The organizers of the festival also awarded the “Trophy of Honors” to Ms. Neila Tazi, president of the Moroccan Federation of Cultural and Creative Industries (FICC), production director of the Gnaoua and World Music Festival of Essaouira.
The “Les Téranga” Festival in Dakar has also awarded various prizes to African directors and actors, in other categories, such as the African Series Prize and the Senegalese Series Prize.
The distinctions were presented to the winners during the closing ceremony organized at the Grand Théâtre in Dakar, in the presence of Mrs. Youma Fall, Minister Counselor to the President of the Senegalese Republic, the Moroccan Ambassador to Senegal, Hassan Naciri, the Chief the office of the Senegalese Ministry of Culture and Communication, Abdoulaye Diop, a representative of the director of the Grand Théâtre de Dakar, and a strong Moroccan delegation made up of members of the Moroccan Chamber of Film Producers and officials of the Moroccan Cinematographic Center (CCM), as well as directors and film critics.
Note that “Annatto” tells the story of a young mixed-race woman from Saint-Louis (northern Senegal), whose mother is Senegalese and father is French. Growing up in a climate of coexistence between two cultures, she pleaded for a multiple identity in the acceptance of the other.
In constant search of all the values of freedom, the young woman aspires to reject all forms of exploitation. The scenes for this film were shot between Morocco and Senegal, notably in Azemmour, Marrakech and Beni Mellal.