Talks: Organized by MPF and UMAM D&R
HOW MOROCCAN CINEMA DEPICTS THE EXPERIENCE OF POLITICAL DETENTION
A Conversation with Ahmed Boughaba
Time: Wednesday, June 30, 2021, 7:00-8:30 pm Beirut Time
Language: Arabic with English Translation (Q & A will be both in Arabic and English)
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Mr. Ahmed Boughaba will discuss the origins of Moroccan cinema, as well as the censorship to which particular films have been subjected. He will then turn to the link between cinema and political detention in Morocco, and describe how movies at times functioned to restore the voices of political prisoners. Mr. Boughaba will thus integrate his professional career as a film critic and his personal experience as an ex-prisoner who spent ten years in detention. In the process, he will shed light on the ways in which political detention is invariably accompanied by the imprisonment of culture and memory.
Mr. Ahmed Boughaba is a professional journalist, film critic, and translator. He holds a diploma in criticism from the Filmology Institute in Lille, France, under the supervision of Professor Louisette Farreniaux. Throughout the 1980s and ’90s, he served as the film editor of multiple Moroccan newspapers. He has collaborated with many foreign cinema publications and websites, and has partnered with film festivals in Lille, Marseille, and Paris in response to their expressed interest in Arab cinema. As a content contributor for Morocco’s first and second television channels, Mr. Boughaba produced cinematic programs, serving as the editor-in-chief of some.
Mr. Boughaba was a member of the Script Reading Committee at both the Moroccan Film Center and the First Moroccan Channel (Al-Aoula). He also served on film festival committees in Morocco, as well as abroad in France, Belgium, and Italy. He was likewise a member of several arbitration committees, participating in such a capacity for festivals held in Belgium, France, Spain, Italy, Cameroon, Lebanon, Tunisia, Algeria, and Morocco. Additionally, he was a member of arbitration committees for professional press in Algeria, Tunisia, and France. Mr. Boughaba was the moderator of the International Documentary Film Forum in Fez (in cooperation with the French Institute), and also oversaw film programming at the Kenitra Forum for Cinema and Human Rights.
Mr. Boughaba has translated cinematic texts from French to Arabic. He has also worked as a consultant on multiple foreign documentaries that examine immigration in Tangiers and explore the stories of foreign writers who settled there during the Years of Lead. Mr. Boughaba currently serves on the board of directors of both Films and Young Film Talents—two French associations that are both based in Marseille. He is also a contributing member of The Magic Lamp, a Swiss association which creates children’s television and cinematic programming.
Mr. Boughaba is a former political prisoner who spent more than ten consecutive years between Commissariat prison in Tangiers and Derb Moulay Cherif prison in Casablanca. He also spent time in the prisons of Ain Al Berga in Casablanca, the Central Prison in Kenitra, and the Municipal Prison in Chaouen.