Québec Minister of Culture, Communications, and the Status of Women Christine St-Pierre and Minister of International Relations and Minister Responsible for La Francophonie Monique Gagnon-Tremblay recently announced that a Québec film festival will be held in Algeria June 5 to 9, 2008.
In this regard, Ms. St-Pierre stated, “This gracious invitation by Algeria’s Minister of Culture is a testimony to the close ties we have established with this country. It is a unique opportunity to represent Québec and its film while giving new impetus to our cultural cooperation agreement.”
“These strong ties with Algeria can also be attributed to the importance of trade and especially to the strong Algerian community’s efforts promote the growth of networks between Québec and Algeria,” added Ms. Gagnon-Tremblay.
The festival is part of the cultural cooperation agreement signed in 1989 between the Government of Québec and the Government of the Democratic Republic of Algeria.
In addition to the Minister of International Relations and the Minister of Culture, Communications, and the Status of Women, SODEC (Société de développement des entreprises culturelles) and Vues d’Afrique took part in organizing this week of Québec film in Algiers. The press release also mentions the role played by Algeria’s Consul General in Montréal, Mr. Abdelaziz Sebaa, who instigated the project, and Algeria’s Minister of Culture, who made the invitation and suggested the space in which the festival was held—Office Riadh el Feth.
The press release states that seven full-length films were part of the festival: L’Ange de goudron, La Grande Séduction, Congorama, La Brunante, C.R.A.Z.Y., Un dimanche à Kigali, and the documentary Ni Sauvage Ni Barbare. Each film was preceded by a short film, either a documentary or work of fiction. Several Québec producers and directors were present and took part in meetings with their counterparts.
Other activities during the festival included a meeting between representatives of ministries and state corporations from Québec and Algeria to prepare a plan of action as part of the cooperation agreement, as well as a presentation to Algerian cultural sector stakeholders by Ms. St-Pierre, SODEC, and Conseil des arts et des letters du Québec on the theme of Québec’s model of cultural management and funding.