Moroccan Documentary ‘Behind Closed Doors’ selected for South African Film Festival

Rabat – The 8th annual Durban FilmMart will take place in Durban South Africa from July 14 to 17 and will feature films from across Africa. This year, the Moroccan documentary, Behind Closed Doors, will be among the films showcased at the festival.Behind Closed Doors portrays a farming family living in northern Morocco where the only thing that grows is kif.The film tells the story of the family though the eyes of children who learn the routine of growing the illegal plant early in their life and watch their parents struggle to be role models. The documentary, directed by Yakhout Elhabibi and produced by Cyriac Auriol, Hind Saih and Karoline Henkel, focuses on the family dynamics and the daily struggles of the impoverished northern region of Morocco.The FlimMart is a collaboration between the eThekwini Municipality’s film industry development unit, the Durban Film Office (DFO) and the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF).The goal of the collaboration, according to a press release, is to “showcase and increase awareness of African cinema through stimulating film production on the continent by encouraging collaborations among African filmmakers.”Other countries with films represented in FilmMart include Egypt, Kenya, Morocco, Benin, DRC, Namibia, Somalia, Mozambique and South Africa.The producers of the films selected for the festival will also have the opportunities to further develop their work. Over the four-day festival, they will have the opportunity to meet with possible co-producers and financiers during the Finance Forum in addition to having the chance to pitch their work to a panel of commissioning editors representing local and international funding sources.The FilmMart also hopes to provide film-makers with networking opportunities with industry experts and potential future collaborators. read more

Northern BC port blames abandoned pipe for fuel leak into ocean

PRINCE RUPERT, B.C. – The Prince Rupert Port Authority says workers are trying to stop an abandoned pipe from slowly leaking fuel into the ocean in northwestern B.C.The leak of what the port believes is bunker fuel was reported on Sunday when staff noticed a rainbow sheen near the tide line.The port authority says the pipe passes under property it owns and ends next to the marine berth at the Westview Wood Pellet Terminal.It says workers have excavated an area so they can flush and cap the pipe.The port says it has engaged the Western Canada Marine Response Corporation to contain the fuel that reached the foreshore and the group is working to clean the shoreline and immediate area.Officials have also called in an environmental consultant in to assess the potential impacts of the leak, although they believe there is “minimal risk to marine life and vegetation” and say only a “small quantity” escaped. Northern B.C. port blames abandoned pipe for fuel leak into ocean by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 29, 2015 6:44 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 29, 2015 at 8:24 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more