Tunis, Sallam Awad, It was in an atmosphere full of sorrow that the Carthage Film Festival held the press conference of the “Nejib Ayed” session, who left us recently, on Friday, October 18, 2019 at the Theater of Young Artists of the City of Culture.

A big number of journalists and filmmakers were present in this conference to discover the details of the program that carries the print of Nejib, his sensitivity, his aspirations and his will to restore to the JCC their original vocation of an engaged festival working for the promotion of the cinema of the south.

At the opening of this press conference a moment of silence was observed in tribute to Nejib Ayed and in recognition to his work and his great career of producer that Chiraz Laatiri Director General of the National Center of Cinema and Image, did not forget to highlight during her intervention.

This new session of the JCC is dedicated to late Nejib Ayed and will bear his mark of militant filmmaker and reserves him the day of October 27, 2019 at the Cinema of the City in tribute to his career through the projection of several films of him in addition to testimonies of his relatives and friends including his widow Najet Nabli.

During this press conference Chiraz Laatiri revealed the new sections that this new session brought namely:

the section Diaspora which devotes a large place to the Tunisian cinema abroad and proposes several films from Algeria, France, Lesotho. In addition to the new features, the JCC keep their traditional sections like the screenings of films in and out of the competition, the tributes, the projection of films in prisons, in addition to the activities of the JCC in the various regions like Jendouba, Gafsa, Mahdia and Bizerte.

When taking the floor, Hichem Belkhamsa, Head of the Communication department of the JCC, said that the JCC program was almost completed when the director Nejib Ayed passed away, with a progress rate of more than 80% and that it respects the strategic balance followed since three years between the Arab and African cinema.

Belkhamsa reported that this session features 170 films in 22 halls with an average of 60 projection per day.

Tarak Chaabane, the artistic adviser of the JCC, specified that the choice of films was made following the degree of protection and promotion of the cultural cinema and the cinema of the south with a continuous opening on the international cinema through the section "Cinema of the world" and "Focus" which both host the Lebanese, Japanese, Nigerian and Chilean cinemas.

For her part, general delegate of the JCC, Lamia Rekik, said that the selection of films was made through the platform (600 applications) and through other structures, highlighting the participation this year of 40 countries including 9 African countries and an important presence of Algeria besides the participation of Saudi Arabia and Sudan in the official competition.

The official program of the JCC includes mainly 170 films, with 44 films in the official competition: 12 fiction feature films, 12 short fiction films, 12 long feature documentaries and 8 short documentary films.

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