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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 Film Festival.


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:
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 tizzlit@gmail.com

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

/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 made possible by an additional grant from the BMCE Bank Fondation of Morocco.  We are very grateful to Dr. Leila Meziane-Benjelloun, the President of the foundation, and to Dounia Benjelloun who has consistently supported the Festival on the West Coast  and in New York City.   This annual event would not have been possible without their continued professional and financial support. 

To find out more information about The AMAZIGH FILM FESTIVAL, see additional page dedicated to the 2014 program. You will find information on the address, the available free parking  and a complete program.
To learn more about the Tazzla Institute, please visit our main web site www.tazzla.org

Tazzla Institute for Cultural Diversity

Ahmed Baidou, Morocco


Dounia Benjelloun, Documentary Producer (Morocco)

Amazigh Cultural Association in America

Hakim Zakane, Kabyle, L.A.A.F.F. Assistant

Please get in touch with us to offer comments and join our mailing list - You can e-mail Helene Hagan, Director of the Los Angeles Film Festival and President of Tazzla Institute for Cultural Diversity by clicking the link below the picture , and do not forget to sign our guest book:

"Aghrabou" (The Boat) directed by Ahmed Baidou

Los Angeles Amazigh Film Festival


Rachid Bouksim, Director, Tazzla Award recipient
Agadir Amazigh Film Festival

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