The fourth Amazigh Film Festival returns to Los Angeles, Saturday April 21 and Sunday April 22, 2012, with documentaries, films, art, music and food of indigenous North Africa, the Berber and Tuareg cultures of Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, the Canary Islands, Egypt and the Sahara desert.
In keeping with the Moroccan theme selected for this year, the event will open with a montage of photos of Chechaouen, Northern Morocco city of the Rif Mountains, created by Amazigh Video productions of Burbank, to the music of KHALID IZRI, Tarifi (Rif Berber) composer, musician and performer of international fame, who will be among us on this occasion.
Documentaries will include Dounia Ben Jelloun’s “Weaving of the Rif”, (10 minutes) “Earth Architecture of Southern Morocco” Director Abdellatif Attach (11:48) , narration by Ethnologist Mohamned Boussalaf, and “The Forgotten”, beautifully photographed in the High Atlas mountains of Morocco., directed by Zakaria Bati and Rachid AitAbdellah Ouali. (11:52)
The last documentary “Waiting for the Snow” was filmed by Moroccan journalist Yassine el Idrissi in the Middle Atlas around the well known resort area of Ifrane, where the poverty of local rural Berbers is juxtaposed to the winter tourism. The young boy who starts in this documentary will steal your heart. (38 minutes) US PREMIERE
The full length film shown during this festival is “Itto Titrit’ (“Morning Star”) by Amazigh film maker Mohamed Abbazi in the High Atlas mountains of Morocco. English sub-titles by Siddartha Abbazi.
This year, L.A.F.F. is expanding to a second venue, THE ELECTRIC LODGE, 1416 Electric Avenue, Venice, 90291, presenting another outstanding film “Zohra, A Moroccan Fairy Tale “ by famous UK Director Barney Platts-Mills– AND AN ADDITIONAL CONCERT with special guest KHALID IZRI.