Zouhir Azruhammar presents TAZZLA AWARD, Amazigh film Festival, August 10, 2013, New York City.



Amazigh Cultural Association in America

Dounia Benjelloun, Producer, Guest of Honor
Producer, "The Amazigh Rebirth", and "The Palm Grove School"

A little history to situate our Amazigh Film Festival in the struggle for Indigenous human rights globally:
Amazigh people are the indigenous people of North Africa,  some 20 million non-Arabic Tamazight and Tamashek speakers, from the Oasis of Siwa  in Egypt , to Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, the Canary Islands (Guanches) , the Sahara Desert, Mali and Niger.  This  whole region, which is larger than one third of Africa,  is called "Tamazgha" in Berber languages, and "Temust" in Tamashek, language spoken by Tuaregs of Mali and Niger.  Because of  "Near East" and "Middle East" or other Oriental  linguistic and cultural misnomers have been applied to our lands and our people,  our indigenous cultures have consistently been minimized and marginalized to the detriment of their African origins and the benefit of imported Arabic ways.  Imazighen ("Free Human Beings" being the exact translation of our name which goes back to archaic times of pre-dynastic Egyptian rule)  are struggling today throughout North Africa for  the recognition of their rights under oppressive policies of  total Arabization. In northern Mali, this struggle has recently led the Tuareg Confederation of Azawad to take up arms, and declare independence from the post colonial state of Mali ruled by non -Tuareg people, clearly differentiating their struggle from the activities of all  Jihadist, Salafist, and extremist groups allied with Al Qaeda in that part of the world.
On April 20,  1980,  an Amazigh (Algerian Kabyle) anthropologist by the name of Mouloud Mammeri decided to read some Native Kabyle poems in his  ancient native Tamazirt language, and to prevent him, the Algerian authorities sent armed forces into the University of Tizi Ouzou, where the reading was to take place. This event ignited the whole region, and numerous lives were subsequently lost under the assault of government forces, eventually giving birth to an  international Amazigh movement spanning all of North Africa  .  Thus "Berber Spring" ("Tafsut Imazighen") is commemorated each year by Imazighen of North Africa  throughout the world on or about  the 20th of April each year.  Our Berber Calendar is now in year 2962.
Helene Hagan, President  Tazzla Institute for Cultural Diversity, Burbank, Ca. 91506 - Director, Los Angeles Film Festival.

Dounia Benjeloun, L.A.A.F.F. 2013, New York City

THE Fifth ANNUAL CELEBRATION OF THE LOS ANGELES AMAZIGH FILM FESTIVAL is now scheduled for Saturday, August 10 2013 from 2 pm to 7 pm. 
We are happy to report that this year, the Festival will take place in New York.
45 Bleecker Street  (AT LAFAYETTE)
New York, NY. 10012
Time:  Saturday, August 10, 2013 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm
 The Festival will be presented by ACNA, Amazigh Cultural Network in America,  of Boston, and sponsored  by ACAA, Amazigh Cultural Association in America. The Festival will be brought together through the efforts of Brahim Yaroud, Vice President of ACNA, and of Zouhir Azruhammar, President of ACNA.
We are happy to report an excellent array of submissions has been accepted.  A full program will soon be posted. A Press Release will be issued in mid June. For West Coast information: Helene  Hagan at tizzlit@gmail.com,  For East Coast information, Brahim Yaroud  at 347 898-2653



Program 2013 Location and Sponsors Program 2011-2012 Photos 2011-2012 PHOTOS 2010 PHOTOS 2009 PHOTOS 2008

Brahim Yaroud, Vice President, ACNA - New York City

Zouhir Azruhammar, President, .A.C.N.A.,Boston

/Founder of the Los Angeles Amazigh Film Festival

Tazzla Institute for Cultural Diversity and its President, Helene E. Hagan are pleased to present the Los Angeles Amazigh Film Festival, created in 2008, the first of its kind in the United States.  This year, it is working with the good offices of A.C.N.A. of Boston, and its President, Zouhir Azruhammar, and Vice President, Brahim Yaroud of New York City, and those of A.C.A.A., President, Mokrane Bouakiz.

To find out more information about The AMAZIGH FILM FESTIVAL, continue viewing the pages of this site.
You will find information on the event, directions to the theatre, and a complete program.
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Tazzla Institute for Cultural Diversity

Chefchaouen, Rif, Morocco

AZUL , Tunisian Dpocumentary, Wassim Korbi

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