Prominent filmmaker Abdellatif ben Ammar passes away

Tunisian prominent film director and producer Abdellatif Ben Ammar died Monday in Tunis at the age of 80.

The Ministry of Culture, in an obituary issued in the afternoon, regretted the loss of a great figure and one of the pionners of the Tunisian cinema.

The late Abdellatif Ben Ammar has several feature films and short films which he produced. He is the author of a first feature film “A simple story” (1969), and then resumed the direction of short films, including «Sur les traces de Baal» (1970) and Mosques of Kairouan (1973) and Metamorphoses (1977).

“Sejnane” is his second feature film (1973), followed by Sadikia (1975) and Aziza (1980), Le Chant de la Noria (2002), Khoutaf faouka assahab (2003) and Les Palmiers blessés (2010).

Abdellatif ben Ammar won three awards at the Carthage Film Festival (JCC), including two Bronze Tanits for “Une si simple histoire” (1970) and “Sejnane” (1974), and a Golden Tanit for “Aziza” (1980).

The latter was selected in the same year in the Directors’ Fortnight, parallel section of the Cannes Film Festival.

His film “Sejnane” also won the Special Jury Prize at Fespaco (Pan-African Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou) in 1976.

Source: Tap News Agency