North African films awarded at Luxor African Film Festival

Algeria's The Rooftops nabs second prize, Egypt's Doaa... Aziza wins Best Documentary

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North African films awarded at Luxor African Film Festival

The third Luxor African Film Festival wrapped up on Monday with several awards for North African films.

While Best Feature Film went to Rwandan director Joel Karekezi for his first feature The Pardon, the Special Jury Award was awarded to veteran Algerian filmmaker Merzak Allouache's The Rooftops.

The jury also gave a special award to Moroccan actor Hassan Ben Badida for his role in Moroccan director Hisham Lasri's second feature They Are the Dogs, a role for which he was also previously awarded in Dubai.

In the competition for feature-length documentaries, the first prize went to Egyptian filmmaker Saad Hendawi for Doaa... Aziza, the tale of two Egyptian women journalists in Egypt and France.

While second prize went to South African director Riaan Hendricks' documentary The Devil's Lair, Best Artistic Achievement was awarded jointly to two documentaries from the north of the continent: Algerian filmmaker Abdenour Zahzah's The River and Tunisian filmmaker Ahmed Jlassi's Emirs in Wonderland.

Two films from Tunisia nabbed both Best Short Documentary and Best Short Fiction: Latifa Doghri's Made in Gougou and Kaouther Ben Henia's Wooden Hand.

A certificate of merit went to Tunisian director Mahmoud Ben Mahmoud's The Professor.

The Independent Shabab Foundation, the organiser of the Luxor African Film Festival, awarded its Radwan al-Kashef Prize, so named after the late Egyptian film director who notably directed Date Wine in 1997, to young Egyptian filmmaker Maysoon el-Masry's short fiction El-Bostan el-Saeed Street. The film was co-produced by the Alexandria-based Rufy's and Fig Leaf Studios.

The Egyptian Film Syndicate awarded a special prize in the name of the late young director Mohamed Ramadan to Egyptian filmmaker Islam Refky for his short Without.

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