‘Black’ Wins 13th Agadir’s Festival of Cinema and Migration

By Soumaya El FilaliRabat – The film “Black” received not one but two main prizes at the International Festival of Cinema and Migration in Agadir.The 90 mins long feature, which is a creation of the two Moroccan born Belgian directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, won the first prize for the 13thAgadir’s international festival of cinema and migration. The movie also received the prize for best female performance given to its lead actress Martha Canga Antonia. The movie tells the story of two young teenagers, who belong to two different rival gangs. Mavela, 15, a member of the Black Brox, who falls desperately in love with the young and charismatic Marwan from the 1080 gang. The two young couple find themselves in an inevitable and dangerous situation, in which they are forced to choose between loyalty and love.The movie premiered at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival and sold 14,000 tickets on its first day, which was beyond the directors’ expectations.“We were expecting a turnout of 3,000 people, the numbers turned out to be a lot more than we expected and we are more than happy,” director Adil EL Arbi said in an interview after the movie release, back in 2015.Many other awards were also distributed on the last day of the international festival.The jury for long features awarded French filmmaker Fabianny Descamps with Best Director Award for her film “Isola” while French director and scriptwriter Philippe Faucon was awarded Best Script Award for his screenplay “Fatima”.Aziz Dades and Avishay Benazra both received the Award for Best Male Role for their performance in “The Midnight Orchestra”. On the other hand, the first prize for the short film competition went to Belgian director Barney Frydman for his film “The Seed”.The five-day long festival ended with heartwarming moments shared between national and international artists, as well as the audience and fans. The festival’s focus this year on the Ivorian cinematography is expected to prompt the beginning of many collaborated cinematic work between the two countries. read more

Charlie Gards parents angry that babys lawyer is head of charity that backs

first_imgCharlie Gard suffers from a rare condition Credit:PA Charlie Gard Charlie Gard  Mrs Butler-Cole said she was unable to comment while the High Court case was ongoing.Today Dr Michio Hirano, an American neurologist, who claims to have pioneered an experimental treatment he says can help Charlie, will examine the boy after flying in from New York.Compassion in Dying said it was wrong to suggest there was any conflict of interest between Mrs Butler-Cole’s role in representing Charlie’s guardian in court and her view that adults with full mental capacity should be allowed to plan their own death.A charity spokesman said: “There are clear differences between this case, the work of Dignity in Dying and the work of Compassion in Dying. The Charlie Gard case is about making decisions in the best interests of a seriously ill child.”The High Court ruled in April that Charlie should be allowed to “die with dignity”, a decision confirmed by the Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and the European Court of Human Rights. A source close to the parents told The Daily Telegraph: “The family find it astonishing that the quango that appointed the barrister to act in the interests of Charlie Gard is the chairman of Compassion in Dying, the sister body of Dignity in Dying, formerly known as the Voluntary Euthanasia Society. The implication is obvious. It looks like a profound conflict of interest.” Charlie Gard’s parents have privately expressed their concern after discovering that the lawyer appointed to represent their 11-month-old son in court heads a charity that backs assisted dying. Victoria Butler-Cole, who speaks on Charlie’s behalf in court, is chairman of Compassion in Dying, a sister organisation to Dignity in Dying which campaigns for a change in the law to make assisted dying legal in the UK. Dignity in Dying used to be called the Voluntary Euthanasia Society.The two charities share the same chief executive and media team and trustees – such as Mrs Butler-Cole – can only sit on one charity if they support the aims of the other. Mrs Butler-Cole was appointed to the role by the publicly-funded state body Cafcass which acts in the best interests of children in court cases. Charlie Gard is being cared for at Great Ormond Street HospitalCredit:PA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. But Great Ormond Street referred the case back to the High Court after Dr Hirano, backed by other experts, claimed the ground-breaking therapy might help Charlie. Connie Yates and Chris Gard, from Bedfont, in west London, believe they, as his parents, should speak for Charlie in court hearings that are deciding his fate. They don’t believe their son should have a guardian representing him in court.Charlie suffers from a rare genetic condition that has left him severely disabled and suffering brain damage.Great Ormond Street Hospital is seeking to switch off his life support machine and has been backed in court by Charlie’s state-appointed guardian, represented by Mrs Butler-Cole. Show more last_img read more