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|2014 Focus on Atlas Mountain People of Morocco
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
THE Sixth ANNUAL CELEBRATION OF THE LOS ANGELES AMAZIGH FILM FESTIVAL
is now scheduled for Saturday, Dec 6, 2014 from 2 :30 pm
to 7:30 pm.
We are happy to report that this year, the Festival will take
place at a new location:
LOCATION: THE WELLS FARGO THEATER, THE AUTRY
4700 Western Heritage Way, LOS
ANGELES, CA. 90027 - GRIFFITH PARK.
Time: Saturday, Dec 6 2014
2:30 pm - 7:30 pm
The Festival is presented by the Tazzla Institute for Cultural Diversity of Burbank,
and is primarily sponsored by the BMCE Bank Foundation of Morocco, and is co-sponsored by ACAA, Amazigh
Cultural Association in America.
We are happy to report an excellent
array of submissions has been accepted. A full program is posted on the next page. A Press Release will be issued in
mid September. For West Coast information: Helene Hagan at firstname.lastname@example.org
The 7th presentation is already under way on the East Coast, organized
in New York City at C.U.N.Y by a member of Tazzla Institute, Dr. Habiba Boumlik, and is scheduled for March 22-24 , 2015.
More will be posted on this event in a few weeks.
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|$15.00 in advance, Tickets will cost $20.00 at the door