Tunisia submits « Beauty and the Dogs » for 2019 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film

Kaouther Ben Hania’s feature film “Beauty and the Dogs” will represent Tunisia in the 2019 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, announced the National Film and Moving Image Centre (CNCI). Under the aegis of the CNCI, the committee that met on Sunday, September 16 has selected this film which “meets the eligibility criteria defined by the US Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. “Beauty and the Dogs” was the only Tunisian film in the running for the national short-listing,” adds the same source. The CNCI said the nomination…

Euro-Med forum Thursday in Otranto castle

A workshop will be held  on Thursday in the Aragonese castle of Otranto entitled ‘Reinventing the Mediterranean: dialogue, challenges, and opportunities’. The workshop is part of the 10th edition of the Journalists of the Mediterranean Festival. Organizers say that participants include the ambassador of Morocco, Hassan Abouyoub, of Tunisia, Moez Eddine Sinaoui, and of the Sovereign Order of Malta, Gabriele Checchia, as well as Puglia regional councillor for studies and training Sebastiano Leo. Concluding remarks will be made by Ambassador Enrico Granara, coordinator for multi-lateral affairs of the Euro-Mediterranean area…

“Voices of Semmama” troupe in Belgian international festival “The Unexpected”

The troupe “Voices of Semmama”  takes part in the Belgian capital, Brussels in the festival “the unexpected” with the participation of the 87-year old ambassador of the Semmama Shepherds “Khalti Mbarka”. The Belgian international festival “the unexpected” (August 31- September 2) provided the occasion for the troupe  “Voices of Semmama” to present its show “When mountains sing” Thursday night in the city of Lessines and will close the festival Sunday night in the city of Tournai,  Adnen Helali Director of the troupe told media. “This show tells the resistance of the shepherds…

‘Interference’ to light up Tunis’s Medina 6-9/9

The Medina, the ancient heart of the Tunisian capital, will be filled with lights and colors September 6-9 for the second edition of ‘Interference’, International Light Art Project. The aim is to make these places, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979, a work of art and an ideal example of interaction between art and cultural heritage. Dedicated to the art of light, the project offers a journey into the narrow alleys and homes of the Medina through the eyes of contemporary artists from around the world. The darkness…

Pinna –APDPE association celebrates India’s Independence Day by creating pathways for intercultural dialogue

Independence Day is an annual observance celebrated every year on 15th of August. India’s Independence Day is a day of great significance for the people of India. This year in 2018, India is celebrating its 72nd Independence Day to pay tribute and remember all the freedom fighters who had contributed a lot and fought for the Independence of India. This day is, as usual, celebrated by the Indian community in Tunisia. This year the celebration got  a special flavour for Pinna –APDPE association in collaboration with the Indian embassy in Tunisia.…

International Kelibia Amateur Film Festival : Screening of the Parrot 

Directors Darin J. Sallam and Amjad Al-Rasheed’s short film The Parrot will be screend as part of the 33rd International Kelibia Amateur Film Festival (FIFAK) in Tunisia held from 12 to 18 August. The screening will take place at the Open Air Theater on Tuesday, 14 August at 10:00 pm, as part of an honorary tribute to Palestine. Established in 1964, the Festival international du film amateur de Kélibia (FIFAK) is a film festival organized by the Fédération Tunisienne des Cinéastes Amateurs (FTCA). The festival is held with the support of the Tunisian Ministry of Culture and the Centre National du Cinéma et de L’image (CNCI), in collaboration…

Tunisia: Roman amphitheater ‘Cillium’ reopens in Kasserine

The Roman amphitheater ‘Cilium’ in Kasserine officially reopened with a concert of Lebanese committed Marcel Khalifa, after restoration. Culture Minister Mohamed Zine El Abidine said that “the inauguration of this new amphitheater is an historic moment for the city of Kasserine, which has become over the last few years synonymous of obscurantism and terrorism”. The project Cilium, which cost a total of 400,000 dinars, was made with the support of the regional council of the governorate of Kasserine, in cooperation with the culture ministry, the national heritage institute (Inp) and…

A Festival of North African Contemporary Art During an Age of Anxiety

The 5th edition of Jaou Tunis at the Kamel Lazaar Foundation brings together the works of various North African artists in a beautiful and oftentimes political display. Exhausted by sad political literalism, I passed into Tunisia for the 5th edition of Lina Lazaar’s Jaou Tunis contemporary art festival feeling jinxed, as jingoist Donald Trump’s Muslim travel ban had been approved by the stolen Supreme Court that very day. I was a dispirited, appalled American entering North Africa, where I should have received an evil eye. Much of the art I encountered here thrives on…

Orchestra di Piazza Vittorio triumphs in Tunisia Orchestra di Piazza Vittorio triumphs in Tunisia

The Orchestra di Piazza Vittorio met with resounding applause on Thursday at the Roman amphitheatre in the Tunisian town of El Jem. The concert was held as part of the 33rd edition of the Festival International de Musique Symphonique d’El Jem. The multi-ethnic orchestra is the largest of its kind in Europe and received a warm welcome from the large audience, which responded with enthusiasm to the variegated musical line-up. The songs were a mix of Tunisian, Egyptian and South American melodies with a colourful version of the whimsical ‘Caravan…

Uncovering the Beauty of Algeria’s Post-Colonial Architecture

Algiers like you’ve never seen it before  “What I love about photography is the rich and diverse prisms of analysis it offers. We can feel something very immediate if we look at a picture as an isolated piece, but if we place it within a series, we are also able to create a new vocabulary, a new way of reading things”, says 30-year-old French-Tunisian photographer Safouane Ben Slama, who recalls developing an interest in photography through his father who transmitted his passion to him when he was still a kid. There…