Hicham El Jebbari’s “Tears of Satan” grabbed the prestigious Ecrans d’Or in the recent 20th Edition of Ecrans Noir film festival that ended July 23rd 2016 in Cameroon’s Capital city Yaoundé.
“Tears of Satan” a story about a former prisoner in Morocco on the quest for revenge, was elected favorite out of the 20 African films competed this year at the festival.
“I spent more than 5 years working on ‘Tears of Satan’,”Jebbari said. “It’s a very difficult film that speaks about a very important historical period in Morocco. Being honoured with the Ecrans d’Or at the 20th edition of the Ecrans Noirs is a very important thing. I am proud I (was) honoured. I would like to continue on this path,” winner Hicham El Jebbari’ said.
Players in the cinema industry also recount in the festival that in spite of the successes recorded at the festival, access to quality films produced by African film makers still remains a problem in the African film industry.
The lack of access to quality works by Africans both home and abroad derails efforts by African filmmakers to tell the story of the continent to a much larger audience who are not fully expose to what African film makers can do.
The one week festival ran July 15 to 23rd, 2016 is considered one of the most important events for film makers in the African Cinema.
The Ecrans Noirs founded in 1997 by director Bassek Ba Kobhio aims at promoting film making in the African Continent, it is held every year in the Cameroonian capital city of Yaoundé.