Films to watch at the Marrakech Film Festival

The Jury members of the 17th Marrakech Film Festival. (AFP)
Updated 02 December 2018
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Films to watch at the Marrakech Film Festival

  • The festival runs until Dec. 8
  • 14 films are competing in the festival

DUBAI: The Marrakech Film Festival in Morocco boasts a line-up of 14 films from different countries across the world. Now on its 17th edition, the festival runs until Dec. 8.

La Ahad Hunak

Titled Giraffe in English, this Egyptian film follows Ahmed in his surreal city adventure, complicated by an intriguing plot development. Actor Ahmed Magdy wrote and directed the film.

Urgent

Moroccan writer-director Mohcine Besri tells a dramatic tale of a group of Moroccans in a Casablanca hospital in this 85-minute debut feature.

The Load

This Serbian war drama centers on a truck driver on his way to deliver a top-secret cargo amidst the Balkan wars of the 1990s. The film is also part of Cannes’ Directors’ Fornight.

Look at Me

Directed by Tunisian filmmaker Néjib Belkadhi, this 98-minute drama follows 40-year-old Lotfi who is forced to confront issues involving his autistic son who grew up without him.

Vanishing Days

The routine life of a small family in southern China during the summer of 2009 was disturbed by a boat-woman who tells bizarre stories of adventure in this film directed by Xin Zhu.

Diane

American director Kent Jones follows widow Diane’s daily struggles, as she lives her numbered days. Actor Maty Kay Place delivers a commendable performance in this profound story about the passage of time. 


What We Are Reading Today: Notes on a Shipwreck by Davide Enia

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What We Are Reading Today: Notes on a Shipwreck by Davide Enia

The book is a moving firsthand account of migrant landings on the island of Lampedusa that gives voice to refugees, locals, and volunteers while also exploring a deeply personal father-son relationship. 

“The island of Lampedusa, as the Italian playwright and journalist Davide Enia explains in this quiet yet urgent memoir, is territorially European but belongs tectonically to nearby Africa,” states Steven Heighton in a review published in The New York Times. 

For some 20 years, migrants and refugees launching from Africa have been arriving on this remote, treeless outpost, hoping to travel on to the European mainland. 

“Structurally, the book attests that a sincere engagement with global crises can grow only from a soil of sympathy that’s local and personal,” Heighton added.

A reviewer commented on goodreads.com: “Enia reawakens our sense of wonder at the existential nature, the true terror and dangerousness inherent in the refugee journey by sea. And in the process, he reawakens our compassion.”