Carthage Film Festival
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The Carthage Film Festival is a film festival hosted by the government of Tunisia to promote films from Sub-Saharan Africa and the Arab world. Taking place every two years, it alternates with the Carthage Theatre Festival.
On a conception of the filmmaker Tahar Cheriaa, the festival was created in 1966 by the Tunisian Minister of Culture to showcase films from the Maghreb, Africa, and the Middle East. In order to be eligible for competition, a film must have a director of African or Middle Eastern nationality, and have been produced at least two years before entry.
The festival's grand prize is the Tanit d'or, or "Golden Tanit", named for the lunar goddess of ancient Carthage; the award is in the shape of her symbol, a trapezium surmounted by a horizontal line and a circle.
Previous winners of the Tanit d'or Award include:
- 1988: Wedding in Galilee, by Michel Khleifi, Palestine,
- 1992: La nuit (Mohamed Malas, Syria)
- 1994: Les silences du palais (Arabic: صمت القصور ) (Moufida Tlatli, Tunisia)
- 1996: Salut cousin (Merzak Allouache, Algeria)
- 1998: Vivre au paradis (Bourlem Guerdjou, Algeria)
- 2000: Dolé (Imunga Ivanga, Gabon)
- 2002: Le prix du pardon (Mansour Sora Wade, Senegal)
- 2004: A Casablanca, les anges ne volent pas (Mohamed Asli, Morocco)
- 2006: Making-Off (Arabic: آخر فيلم ) (Nouri Bouzid, Tunisia)
- 2008: Teza (film)(Amharic-English) (Haile Gerima, Ethiopia)
- 2010: Microphone (Ahmed Abdallah, Egypt)
Previous winners of the Tanitd'bronze Award include:
- "The Cultural Importance of the Tunisian Carthage Film Festival", Film Inquiry, December 3, 2014.
- [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0094229/awards " Wedding in Galilee (1987)" - Awards], IMDb.
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