Izza Génini

  • Izza Génini
© Olivier Barlet, Cannes 2005
Film director, Producer, Screenwriter, Distributor, Chief executive officer (ceo)
Principal country concerned : Column : Music, Theater, Cinema/tv, Literature, Dance, History/society, Media

Born in Casablanca in 1942.
In France since 1960.

> From 1966 to 1970 : in charge of reception and external relations for the Tours and
Annecy festivals.
> From 1970 to 1986 : manager of the Club 70, a private film screening room.
> Since 1973, in charge of SOGEAV (now named OHRA), a company aimed at producing feature films ("Transes", "Zeft", "Hadda"?), promoting Moroccan films ("1001 mains", "Alyam Alyam"), distributing films in Africa ("Rue cases nègres", "Bob Marley Exodus", "Salsa"...), and distributing wordlwide and in cinemas ("Baiser de Tosca", "Ablakon"?).

Since 1987, Izza Génini has conceived, written and directed "Morocco Body and Soul", a collection of documentary films dealing with different aspects of Moroccan culture and society.
Gnaouas - Hymns of Praise - Rhythms of Marrakech - Aïta - Lutes and Delights - Moussem - Nuptials in Middle Atlas - Vibrations in High Atlas - Embroidered Canticles - Citron, Fruit of Splendor - Concerto for 13 voices - Songs for a shabbat

And also:
"Voices of Morocco", new editing from the whole series "Morocco Body and Soul"
"For the eye's delight"
"With drum beating"
"Nûba of Gold and Light". Full lenght musical documentary.

Izza Genini is the author of several articles and the texts of the CD-Rom:
"Maroc Rythmes et Cultures" (Project Images Films)
And of the books:
"Maroc" ("Morocco" Richer/Vilo Publisher)
"Maroc, Royaume des 1001 Fêtes" ("Morocco, Kingdom of the 1001 Celebrations" Plume/Flammarion Publisher)


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  • 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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