17th edition of the Panorama of cinemas in the Maghreb and the Middle East PCMMO

6 feature films – 1 unreleased – 4 previews

Since 2006, the Overview of cinemas in the Maghreb and the Middle East endeavors to take the pulse of the countries of the Maghreb and the Middle East through their cinema. In addition to a focus devoted to the vitality of the creation of Turkish cinema and a window on contemporary Tunisia, the festival proposes to discover previews and numerous unseen films, i.e. around forty fictions and documentaries, three thematic sessions (“Les Women in the Algerian Hirak”, “Algerian Languages: Living Languages, Absent Languages” and “LGBTQIA2+”), sessions for young audiences, as well as a short film competition, in partnership with TV5Monde.

Opening nightpresentation of the movie Butterflies by Tolga Karacelik. Prizes 2018: Grand Jury Prize – Sundance International Film Festival, Prize 2021: Features Work in Progress Award – 8th Antalya Film Forum

Short film competitions – documentaries & fictions, Manele Labidi, godmother of the high school jury

hit the road by Panah Panahi – Le Studio Aubervilliers 2:30 p.m., film preview presented by Bamchade Pourvali, specialist in Iranian cinema

Audience Favorite Competition (Documentary)


Audience Favorite Competition (Fiction)

Of our wounded brothers by Hélier Cisterne (France-Belgium-Algeria), with Vincent Lacoste, Vicky Krieps, preview in the presence of the filmmaker


Of our wounded brothers Les Films du Belier © Photo Laurent Thurin-Nal

Ghosts by Azra Deniz Okyay Turkey fiction in the presence of the filmmaker



Focus Turkey

The history of cinema in Turkey began at the Ottoman court in 1896, with the screening of Lumière films. After the proclamation of the Republic of Turkey in 1923, culture and the arts are encouraged; this is the beginning of Turkish cinema with the pioneer Muhsin Ertuğrul, to whom we owe the first talking film (1931) Istanbul SokaklarI and the first color film (1953) Halıcı Kız. We have to wait until 1950 and the creation of the Yeşilçam studios for its growth to really begin. In the 1960s and 1970s, between 200 and 300 fictions were produced per year. With this production aimed at the local public, Turkey became, in 1970, the fifth largest producer of films in the world!


Sibel de Çağla Zencirci and Guillaume Giovanetti (Germany-France-Turkey)

The creation of a committed cinema. The director of Kurdish origin Yılmaz Güney is the symbol of this. Among his many masterpieces, we retain the film Suru written during one of his many stints in prison as well as the film yolPalme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1982. Turkish cinema then navigated between auteur cinema recognized abroad (such as Winter Sleep by Nuri Bilge Ceylan also Palme d’or in 2014) and a successful commercial cinema, seen mainly in Turkey.

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Window on contemporary Tunisia

Tunisian cinema is booming. With two or three films produced per year in the 2000s, Tunisian cinema today offers around ten feature films each year. In the world of the seventh art, he gradually earned his stripes, as evidenced by international awards and increasingly frequent nominations at the most prestigious festivals. As a reminder, in 2015, Barely I open my eyes by Leïla Bouzid won an award at the Venice Film Festival; in 2016, it is The Last of Us by Ala Eddine Slim, while Hedi by Mohamed Ben Attia won an award in Berlin. In 2017, director Kaouther Ben Hania won several international awards with Beauty and the Pack (Selection Un Certain Regard 2017). In 2018, the movie Fatwa by Mahmoud Ben Mahmoud was awarded at the 40th Cairo International Film Festival and also received the Golden Tanit at the Carthage Film Days 2018. Reward which goes, in 2019, to the film Noura dream by Hinde Boujemaa. In 2019, for its 14th edition, the PCMMO offered an overview of this booming cinematography, through around twenty films. This year, he proposes to open a “Window on contemporary Tunisia” with 9 films that show a country in full mutation

Four fiction : A couch in Tunis by Manele Labidi and A son drama by Mehdi M. Barsaoui dramatic comedy by Manele Labidi both noticed and hailed at the Venice Film Festival 2019 and the César 2021.
Ghodwa (Tomorrow) the first film directed – and performed – by Dhafer El Abidine and Insurrectionthe new opus by director Jilani Saadi who won the Bronze Tanit at the Carthage Film Days 2021.


A couch in Tunis © Carole Bethuel

Three documentaries : Fathallah TV 10 years and a revolution later by Wided Zoghlami, Beyond the shadow by Nada Mezni Hafaiedh, and Ghofrane and the promises of spring by Raja Amari. Two short films : The baththe first film by Anissa Daoud and Blind spotby Lotfi Achour, animated documentary.

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Women in the Algerian Hirak

NARDJES A by Karim Aïnouz (Algeria-France-Germany-Brazil-Qatar) documentary

Women by Merzak Allouache (Algeria-France) documentary


Skies are not just blue by Lysandre Cosse-Tremblay (Canada 2018 – documentary)

A visa for freedom: Mr Gay syria by Ayse Toprak – Preview (France-Germany-Turkey 2018 – documentary)

Algerian languages: Living languages, absent languages

The three short films in this program question the relationship of the diaspora and Algerians to their languages. A session in partnership with the House of Languages ​​and Cultures of Aubervilliers.

tattooed by Jean-Baptiste Dusséaux (France) fiction.

I bit my tongue by Nina Khada (France-Tunisia) documentary.

The big Moula or Li michan. History of an Algerian linguistic landscape, by Amira Louadah (Algeria-France) documentary.

Young audience

The Jewel Mountain by Abdollah Alimorad – from 4 years old (Iran) fiction-animation.

Azure and Asmar by Michel Ocelot – from 7 years old (France) Fiction-Animation.

Mica by Ismaël Ferroukhi – from 9 years old (France-Morocco) fiction.

At the Arab World Institute (IMA)

Tuesday 29 March (8 p.m.) In front of the sea by Ely Dagher (preview)

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Wednesday 30 (8 p.m.) – Tomorrow Ghodwa by Dhafer l’Abidine (preview)

Friday 1er April 8 p.m. The world after us by Louda Ben Salah (closing film)

The PCMMO takes place over a fortnight: festive launch at the Écran cinema in Saint-Denis, the cradle of the event and the heart of the festival, then screenings in various theaters in Paris and the department. Several cultural events are organized during the festival; new films, literary encounters, round tables, concerts, film-philosophy workshops; and during the year event previews, PCMMO special screenings, thematic film clubs with high school and college students as well as women’s associations from different neighborhoods. The PCMMO is distinguished by the variety of its venues. In addition to cinemas: screenings in neighborhood houses, schools, universities, media libraries, etc…

At the origin of the Festival, an ambition with multiple desires

– To allow booming cinematographies, still little broadcast in France, to meet an audience and make themselves known

– Represent a wide range of Maghreb and Middle Eastern countries with a diverse choice of films. A focus and a window are devoted each year to a country in North Africa and a country in the Middle East.

– Promote the diversity of cultures in North Africa and the Middle East by allowing the discovery of films that are both exciting, innovative and unique

– Reveal the cultural richness of the territory of Seine-Saint-Denis and the Ile-de-France region, its diversity, its complexity, and associate its inhabitants by involving them in the event, as actors and spectators of the event

– Address a wide audience, from all walks of life, both cinephiles and novices

– Give priority to the friendly aspect of the event by offering a varied range of events: previews, meetings with filmmakers, round tables, literary meetings, concerts…

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17th edition of the Panorama of cinemas in the Maghreb and the Middle East PCMMO