15th edition of Genève's Oriental Film International Festival (FIFOG)

Genre : Festival

From friday 25 to sunday 27 september 2020

Principal country concerned : Column : Cinema/tv

FIFOG is back in theaters! Placed under the sign of resistance... the feminine way, the screenings will take place on 25, 26 and 27 September 2020 in several locations: Photoforum Pasquart in Bienne, Cinémas du Grütli, Fonction : Cinéma and THE Crowned Eagle (CHIC).

While most of this 15th edition has already been completed, FIFOG wanted to mark the occasion with a symbolic presence in theaters in order to meet its audience and share this moment with them, during these difficult times. The festival wants to resist against adversity with the slogan "Watch together to take back our power!"

On the program a dozen films of all genres. In addition to the diffusion of a few short films that won the online and school competitions awards, several films will be on top of the bill.

ALGERIE, MON AMOUR by Mustapha Kessous looks back on the citizen movement in Algeria. AFRICAN VIOLET by Mona Zandi Haghighi explores the problem of old age in a modernizing Iran. The latter is supported by the Persian Ciné-club in Geneva.

TATA MILOUDA by Nadja Harek, presented in collaboration with the Geneva Office for the Promotion of Equality between Women and Men and the Prevention of Domestic Violence (BPEV) and the Rinia Contact Association, traces a woman's fight for her freedom. À NOTRE TOUR! by Hanna Assouline follows a group of young Muslims and Jews on their journey through France to create a dynamic of dialogue. The film will be presented in collaboration with the JCall Swiss association.

Finally, to close the exceptional exhibition Narratives from Algeria which takes place at the Photoforum Pasquart in Bienne, FIFOG is partnering with the organizer to present Fais soin de toi by Mohamed Lakhdar Tati, which questions the intimity of Algerians.

Ion Due to the COVID-19 health crisis, FIFOG 2020 has adapted to the situation and offered its audience a program in several phases spread out over time.

As a reminder, the online version of the festival took place from June 8 to 14, 2020. This version drew sparkling stars on the canvas: a bunch of films, a painting and photo exhibition, and a belly dance class. A dish with feminine and oriental spices was savored with delicacy and without moderation:

The short film competition brings together 14 productions from 14 countries.
FIFOG innovates by offering its audience the chance to see or re-watch fourteen of the best short films from previous editions, from 14 countries. The public has the opportunity to watch them and vote for the best film for the 2020 Audience Award.
For children: 6 films from 6 countries. Project set up in collaboration with the Association Rencontres et Cultures du Monde Arabe (RCMA) and the Association for the Teaching of Arabic for Children (ELAPE).
The traditional artistic exhibition is visible this year on the net. This year, FIFOG welcomes two artists: the Franco-Algerian painter Akila Dahache, the Algerian photographer Ahmed AIT ISSAD.
FIFOG also offered, in collaboration with the Swiss International Folk Dance Festival (Esquisse d'Orient), an online introductory course in oriental dances.


  • Arterial network
  • Media, Sports and Entertainment Group (MSE)
  • Gens de la Caraïbe
  • Groupe 30 Afrique
  • Alliance Française VANUATU
  • Zimbabwe : Culture Fund Of Zimbabwe Trust
  • RDC : Groupe TACCEMS
  • Rwanda : Positive Production
  • Togo : Kadam Kadam
  • Niger : ONG Culture Art Humanité
  • Collectif 2004 Images
  • Africultures Burkina-Faso
  • Bénincultures / Editions Plurielles
  • Africiné
  • Afrilivres

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