Morocco’s Dakhla Film Festival Celebrates Cuban Cinema

The eighth International Dakhla Film Festival wrapped up on Friday, November 29 after nearly a week of festivities, featuring Cuban cinema as the guest of honor. The event in Dakhla, a peninsula in southern Morocco, began on November 24 under the patronage of King Mohammed VI.

The 2019 Dakhla Film Festival invited international celebrities, artists, filmmakers, and personalities to honor four Cuban filmmakers and pay homage to Cuban cinema. The festival honored Cuban actress Mirtha Ibarra and Cuban directors Arturo Infante, Sebastian Milo, and Ever Miranda Palacio.

According to Moroccan news outlet Labass, the festival also paid tribute to Moroccan actress Fatima Zahra Bennacer, Moroccan director Kamal Hachkar, and Lebanese journalist Jamal Fayad. The cultural event is held as part of the 44th anniversary of the Green March, the source added.

The festival’s president, Zine El Abidine Charafeddine, referred to the eighth installment of the event as a turning point.

Morocco and Cuba re-established diplomatic relations and exchanged ambassadors in 2017.

By electing Cuba as the guest of honor, the 2019 Dakhla Film Festival sought to strengthen relations between Morocco and Cuba.

Cuban cinema emerged at the beginning of the 20th century. About 80 full-length films, primarily melodramas, were produced in Cuba by the time of the Cuban Revolution in 1959. Cuba was a pioneer in the cinematic atmosphere of Latin America.

These glory days, however, have since passed due to lack of funding for cinema. Only 19 movie theaters remain in Cuba today, compared to the nearly 700 in 1953—more than New York City or Paris at the time.

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Cuba to open an embassy in Morocco

Since his appointment in 2018, Cuba’s non-resident ambassador to Morocco visited Rabat three times. On Monday, the Speaker of Morocco’s House of Representatives Habib Elmalki received Elio Eduardo Rodriguez Perdomo, the House of Representatives said in a communiqué released on the same day.

«All conditions are put in place to strengthen bilateral relations for the opening of a Cuban embassy in Rabat», the diplomat told reporters. He announced that his country would also appoint a resident ambassador to Morocco. According to the Spanish news agency EFE, Cuba is planning to appoint Javier Domokos Ruiz as its resident ambassador to the Kingdom.

Rodriguez Perdomo’s visit comes two weeks after the Cuban Foreign Minister met with his Moroccan counterpart in New York on the sidelines of the 74th session of UN General Assembly.

Moreover, it is the second time that the Speaker of the House of Representatives meets Rodriguez Perdomo.

For the record, Morocco and Cuba decided to normalize diplomatic relations in April 2017, after a 37-year-long rupture.

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Cuban Domadores Know Contenders for Next Edition

Cuban boxing team Domadores (Tamers) will be included in the Group A for the 5th edition of the World Series of Boxing, according to the draw here by which the Cuban team will know which its contenders will be.

Cuba will be in Group A, together with Ukraine Otamans, Germany, Algeria Desert Hawk, Morocco, China, Russia and Mexico.

The first stage will gather 16 teams to compete, starting in January 2015.

Morocco and China will be a novelty, compared to the previous edition.

In Group B, Baku Fires (Azerbaidzhan), Astana Arlans (Kazahstan), Dolce & Gabbana Italia Thunder (Italy), Argentina Condors, Hussars Poland, USA Knockout and another team still not defined, will compete agaunbst each other.

Cuba Domadores will receive Morocco in the C-1 format (49, 56, 64, 75 and 91 kilograms) on January 16, to match later Algeria in the C-2 format (52, 60, 69, 81 and over 81 kilograms) on January 23.

From then on, Domadores will match Russia (C-1, home club, Jan 30), China (Feb 6, C-2, home club), Mexico (Feb 13, C-1, visitors), Germany (Feb. 20, C-2, home club) and Ukraine Otamans (Feb. 27, C-1, visitors).

There will be a second classification round until April 24, with an inverted organization, receiving the teams which received them at their respective homes.

The quarterfinals are scheduled in May 7 and 8, the semifinals in May 21 and 22 and the finals for June 11 and 12 in 2015.

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