|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
|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.
LYNN REDGRAVE THEATER
45 Bleecker Street (AT LAFAYETTE)
York, NY. 10012
Time: Saturday, August 10, 2013 2:00 pm - 7:00
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 email@example.com, For East Coast information, Brahim Yaroud at 347 898-2653