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Winner Amal Ramsis, along with the FACC Jury at 2019 Ismailia: at her right the Egyptian Salma Mobarak and the Togolese Charles Ayetan, with the Mauritanian Yéro Ndiaye (at her left, in blue)

Filmmaker Amal Ramsis, African Critic Award

2019 Ismailia

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Najati Sidki, the father

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The trophy Silver Tanit, 2018 Carthage FilmFest

You Come From Far Away won the African Critic Award
The Egyptian filmmaker Amal Ramsis greeted at the 21st Ismailia International Film Festival
"I am an Arab volunteer, I came to Spain to defend Cairo in Barcelona, Damascus in Toledo and Baghdad in Madrid." Najati Sidki (in 1936).

At the 21st International Ismaïlia Film and Documentary Film Festival, the African Film Critics Federation (AFCC / FACC) has awarded its African Critic Prize - Paulin Soumanou Vieyra - to the film You Come From Far Away directed by Amal Ramsis (Egypt, 2018).

On the occasion of the Ismaïlia International Film Festival for Documentary Films and Shorts, which took place from April 10 to 16, 2019, the FACC Jury greeted the Egyptian director Amal Ramsis for her feature documentary You Come From Far Away (2018) with the African Critics Award.

The story of an Arab who comes to Europe - not for taking refuge but for defending it.

You Come From Far Away tells the extraordinary story of a Palestinian family: the father, Najati Sidki, was a Palestinian communist who came to Spain as a volunteer to fight against Franco in 1936. The family was dispersed by several turmoils that steer the last century starting by the Spanish Civil War, and goes on with World War II, Nakba, Lebanese Civil War, etc.
As if the 20th century was summed up in the life of a single family. Dulia (Dawlat in Arabic), the eldest daughter, was lost in Russia after the Spanish Civil War and separated from the family for 20 years.

According to the Jury, this distinction is awarded to this film "for its originality, its aesthetic and its subject relating to a rich human experience whose director has brilliantly woven the thread, leading the viewer in several countries of the planet and in stories of war that tore apart peoples and families".

Amal RAMSIS is an Egyptian filmmaker who was born and raised in Cairo. She has studied cinema in Madrid between 2002-2005. She has conducted numerous workshops around the world with women who have no experience in filmmaking at all. Ramsis is the founder and the director of Cairo International Women's Film Festival. Her films Only Dreams (2005) Life (2008), Forbidden (2011) and The Trace of the Butterfly (2014) have got several international awards and been screened in many festivals. Her feature documentary You Come From Far Away (2018) won - at Carthage Film Festival - JCC 2018 where it was World Premiered - the Silver Tanit d'Argent, and many other awards (the Best Film Award at Al Ard Doc Film Festival, in Italy, the Fipresci Award at Ismailia 2019,...).

"She has shown, " said the Panafrican jury, on 16th April, 2019, about the Egyptian filmmaker in attendance at Done at Ismailia, Egypt, "great courage in the documentation of her subject, especially in traveling and researching the personal story of the characters to build a film that does not just describe the reality, but to build it".

This film was awarded by the FACC after the jury screened seventeen (17) African films and on Africa from different African countries (South Africa, Burkina Faso, Congo, Egypt, Gambia, Morocco, Nigeria and Chad).
This first Jury at the Ismailia Festival was composed of three experienced film critics, namely, Charles Ayetan from Togo (president), Salma Mobarak from Egypt (reporter) and Yéro Ndiaye from Mauritania (member).

African criticism

The African Critic's Prize - Paulin Soumanou Vieyra is an award initiated by the FACC and awarded by a jury of critics selected by this federation in order to encourage a cinema of good artistic quality and to support young talents. Awarded for the first time at the Panafrican Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou (FESPACO) in 2013 to Nigerian Newton Aduaka for his film One man's show, this prize was re-launched in 2016 by the FACC.
Since then, this distinction has been awarded in several film festivals such as: Luxor African Film Festival (LAFF, 2016), Carthage Film Days (JCC, 2016, 2017 and 2018), Zagora International Trans-Sahara Film Festival (2016 and 2017), Fespaco 2017 and 2019, Durban International Film Festival in South Africa (DIFF, 2017). In short, the FACC Prize was won by filmmakers from Egypt, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, South Africa, etc.
Created in Tunis on October 8, 2004 on the sidelines of the Carthage Film Days (JCC), the African Federation of Film Criticism (FACC) is a non-governmental organization that brings together African associations of film critics as well as individual members, present in 33 countries on the continent and in the diaspora.

The African Federation of Film Critics (AFFC / FACC)

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