FIFM 2022: Farida Benlyazid happy to have received the gold star

Moroccan director Farida Benlyazid proud to have received the gold star from the FIFM.

Moroccan director Farida Benlyazid proud to have received the gold star from the FIFM.

Having participated for the first time in the Marrakech International Film Festival (FIFM), as a member of the jury, the Moroccan director, very moved, confided to having the feeling of “being reborn again”, after having received this vibrant tribute in front of a conquered audience and a packed room.

Farida Benlyazid said that the FIFM is the festival closest to her heart, because, for her, this major event has managed to overcome all kinds of difficulties since its launch, after the attacks of September 11 2001.

“I thank HM King Mohammed VI, who strongly supported this festival,” she said. This one managed to see the light of day, despite the complicated circumstances of that time… Today, this festival returns after a two-year hiatus to bring us together again and announce the film festival in Marrakech”.

The filmmaker who associated her children with all of her projects explained that she has always wanted to make known the culture of Muslim women in all of her films, and that she has always fought against clichés who at the time presented women as ignorant and submissive. For Farida, these women, although illiterate, were able to develop a strong memory and produce poems and songs that were transmitted from generation to generation through the centuries.

“Benlyazid is a writer with a spiritual touch who tackles subjects related to women’s justice”, declared Moroccan journalist Fatima Loukili, who recalled how this exceptional woman “had been imbued with revolutionary values ​​for years 70, period when certain books were censored for their remarks titillating social, political or religious beliefs. A woman who knew how to face oppression, she says, because her identity was forged in Tangier, the city most open to the world”.

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