26th MedFilm Festival to announce winner saturday night

Amnesty Human Rights award goes to film on Algerian protestor

20 November, 16:54

    (ANSAmed) - ROMA, 20 NOV - (by Valentina Maresca) (ANSAmed) - ROME, NOVEMBER 20 - The 26th edition of the MedFilm Festival is about to end and the winner of the feature film award will be announced on Saturday at 7 PM.

    The ceremony can be watched live on the Facebook page of the festival. Sadly, as the festival is coming to a close, one of the jurors, director Valentina Pedicini, 42 passed away today after a battle with cancer.

    The festival focused on ''a new way of being together'', dictated by a pandemic that forced films to be shown online and through MYmovies.

    ''An online festival and a jury that meet in the same way is a strange experience. However we were able to appreciate the high quality of the selection proposed and the rich diversity of approaches to cinema in the films represented, ANSAmed was told by Donatella Della Ratta, a university professor and researcher who was on the jury for the official competition.

    She added that ''the eight works were seen by all of us alone and then we were able to share views and come to an agreement, the result of a necessary synthesis between different concepts of film. We are however very pleased with the final outcome.'' Ahead of Friday evening's ceremony, the Amnesty International Human Rights Award of this year's edition went to 'Nardjes A. - A Day in the Life of an Algerian Protestor' by the Brazilian Karim Aïnouz.

    The spokesman for the Italy branch of Amnesty International, Riccardo Noury, said that the film is a ''documentary on rights, for rights. This is homage to the activism of the young and especially young women in a country, Algeria, that in recent years saw its citizens take to the streets to demand change.'' 'Nardjes A.' is the latest film by Aïnouz and was presented in a world preview at the Berlinale 2020 in the Panorama section.

    The film will be distributed in Italy by Reading Bloom and tells the story of Nardjes, a 26-year-old actress living in a working class area of Algiers.

    On the morning of March 8, 2019, Nardjes joins a protest held by the Hirak movement holding up a sign that says ''A Single Hero: The People''.

    Raised in a politically active family, Nardjes feels that it is her turn and that of her generation to fight for the country.

    The document of Aïnouz, who was present during non-violent protests by the Hirak movement, tells the story of the strength of a population and a passionate generation. (ANSA).

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