Since 1966, the Carthage Film Festival (JCC) has consistently captivated a diverse and discerning cinephile audience, one that continually probes the artistic expression within the showcased works.
Cultivating a dedication to cultural diversity and advocating for just causes such as freedom, equality, combating injustices, and racism, the JCC achieves this through a relevant artistic creativity, facilitating meaningful dialogue between cultures and peoples.
The JCC champions the unhindered flow of cinematic creations without visas, embracing with joy and unwavering commitment works that delve into the sociological, historical, and political narratives shaping our societies in the Global South.
This new session is not just another edition; it is a session of resistance, reaffirming our core commitments to a cinema that is free, tolerant, and independent from financial influences, firmly distancing itself from political, moral, or any other entanglements.
We have also made the deliberate choice of a reflective edition, which enables us to understand how, since its inception in 1966, the JCC has resisted and persistently upheld its identity and initial mission of supporting independent and socially committed cinema from our regions and beyond, despite commercial pressures and regional and international competition.
In this vibrant cinematic festival landscape, much-needed by Africa and the Arab world, the JCC distinguishes itself through its maturity. It provides a platform for emerging talents and seasoned filmmakers, strengthening its fearless commitment to addressing sensitive subjects.
This year, we've received over six hundred submissions of Arab and African films for the various competitive sections. This not only fills us with joy but also reflects the vibrancy of cinema in our regions.
The 135 films in this edition, including the 'Cinéma du Monde' section and the exceptional competitive section dedicated to Tunisian films, 'HORIZONS,' provoke reflection on critical contemporary issues such as identity, migration, and the quest for social justice, among others.
The JCC 2023 pays tribute to Senegalese cinema, a historical companion of the JCC with captivating cinematic traditions. The festival honors the pioneers of Pan-African cinema, Sembène Ousmane and Ababacar Samb Makharam, whose journey is inseparable from that of the JCC. Additionally, the festival spotlights Jordan with its rapidly advancing film industry and its promising cinematography.
The homage is bestowed upon exceptional directors, lending their presence a distinctive resonance in this edition and enabling festival-goers to delve deeper into their inspiring journeys. Palestine holds a central position in the festival through its competition films, with the "Cine Avenue" section standing in solidarity with the current struggles of the Palestinian people and honoring director Hani Abu Assad. Tunisian cinema is also highlighted in the accolades, represented by the works of Jilani Saadi. Additionally, this edition opens up to Iranian cinema through an insightful study of cinema with the globally renowned director, Mohsen Makhmalbaf.
Join us in celebrating the '100 years of Tunisian cinema.' This is a significant occasion to honor Tunisia's cinematic heritage and its contribution to the history of cinema.
Welcome to the JCC, our festival for all. Let yourself be carried away by the emotions, stories, and unique perspectives that the festival has to offer.
JCC's 2023 Artistic Director