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Tunisia: Sicilian animated movies take centre stage

This year, the 14th edition of “Incontri cinematografici di Hergla” dedicates a space to Sicilian animated films. The objective of the initiative, which is sponsored by the Italian Cultural Institute, is to focus on the most authentic cinematographic projects and experiences developed in Africa and the Mediterranean. The focus of this edition is animated films. In Tunisia, the genre started evolving in the ‘60s, with the pioneering work of Mongi Sancho, up to our days with “Briska”, the latest work by young film director Nadia Rais, one of the highlights of the new generation of directors, who won a prize in the latest FESPACO film festival. Hergla, which is located in the heart of the Mediterranean, will turn into the capital of animated films for four days, until 22 August, with a playbill featuring 50 films, in addition to meetings on the prospects in this sector in Tunisia attended by film directors, critics and academics, along with training workshops by art education expert Francesca Veneziano to help children discover the magic world of the 7th art. The closing evening of the festival on 22 August will be dedicated to Sicilian animated movies and will screen 7 films. Thanks to the cooperation between the Sicilian Regional Film Library (Filmoteca Regionale Siciliana) and the Animaphix International Animation Film Festival of Bagheria, the screenings will include the rarely shown “Pisicchio e Milisenda” by Ugo Saitta, an 11-minute long black and white short dated 1938. The closing evening will feature the presence of Claudia Cardinale, a very popular actress in Tunisia.​

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