It is not trivial to organize a virtual version of this 12th edition. The unprecedented circumstances we are going through force us all to adapt and to see things differently.

Of course, the legendary convivial atmosphere of FIDADOC can never be replaced, but we do not give up the pleasure of sharing the love of documentary film and of celebrating authors and directors.

Among them, we pay tribute to our dear friend and colleague Dalila Ennadre, who left us prematurely this year. Dalila was an accomplished documentary filmmaker who revealed ordinary heroes and heroines, the simple people she knew how to sublimate, but also places, moments and atmospheres.

On the opening night, we present her film “I would like to tell you” which I had the pleasure of producing in 2005 and which left me with unforgettable memories. These are intertwined portraits of working women across Morocco, after the reform of the Mudawana (Family code). The generous look of Dalila on her characters and her need for raw truth, make all the strength of her cinema. Her sincere and courageous films will always live to tell her. 

We also hope that the program of this special edition will be a humble contribution to understanding our world through the curious, benevolent, acute or rebellious look of the selected filmmakers. A rich and diverse cultural offer, to help soften these troubled times, which will eventually pass…

Hind Saïh, President of the Festival

Hind Saih

Impossible for us to stay one year “Bla Cinima”. Without meeting the FIDADOC public. Without to tell to them: “I would like to show you”. 

After having cherished the hope of organizing a screening tour across the country, we are obliged, like many of our counterparts, to implement a 100% digital edition, but above all 100% FIDADOC. 

Faithful to its artistic standards, its mission to promote young talents and its Pan-African identity, FIDADOC 2020 therefore invites you to discover a selection of 12 films shot on our continent and in the Arab world, which will be accessible online and for free on the Moroccan territory and across Africa. 

Fate wants that this year without the big screen offers us two films “Made in Agadir”, whose genesis is intimately linked to the activities of FIDADOC. Two films that give voice to committed women with a communicative energy, as echoing the personality of the filmmaker Dalila Ennadre who died last May, to whom this 12th edition is dedicated. 

The only competitive section this year is reserved for African short films that reveal the mastery and taste for risk of some emerging filmmakers that we hope to welcome soon in Agadir with their next films. 

In this period which invites us to rethinking, we are also programming two films screened and awarded in previous editions of the Festival, which now appear almost premonitory regarding recent events in Algeria and Mali. 

Finally, in a world where the Covid-19 pandemic makes even the powerful people taste the limitation to free movement, FIDADOC brings together three films “crossed” by the experience of migration and exile. Three films that share with us the violence that their protagonists want to escape, but also and above all a tremendous hunger for life, that capacity for adaptation and resilience that exists in every human being.

Hicham Falah, Artistic Director, General Delegate of the Festival 

Hicham Falah