A reliable source has confirmed that Moroccan professionals working at the International Film Festival in Marrakech are facing significant challenges due to the dominance of French individuals within the organization.
The source indicates that the French are preferred over Moroccans in terms of both positions and wages. Additionally, the source, in communication with “HNews”, asserts that the management and organization of the festival’s twentieth session are considered a failure on all counts. This is attributed to the prioritization of foreigners over local talent, resulting in the marginalization of Moroccan professionals who have accumulated valuable experience over the years.
The source highlights that the wages of French individuals in festival management surpass those of high-ranking officials in major metropolitan regions, including Marrakech. Furthermore, it is reported that the festival hired a production manager who has faced challenges in managing previous artistic events, yet secured a position at the Marrakech Festival, including the production of the Hassan II Golf Prize.
An informed source has confirmed that at the International Film Festival in Marrakech, the French language is used for even the most basic roles performed by Moroccans, not just for positions that require experience. Moroccans who have worked at the festival in previous sessions have learned from the French and have even surpassed them. It has been noted that the Moroccan professionals working at the festival were hoping for a change, especially given the current crisis between Morocco and France. There is a desire to move away from French influence and establish new partnerships. It has been observed that the French team, led by Chancellor Melita Tuscan Duplantier, has a strong attachment to the festival. The dominant presence of the French at the festival has been a longstanding issue, particularly for Moroccan artists, the press, and the national media, who have felt marginalized and disrespected in comparison to French and foreign journalists. Although a new system was briefly implemented, granting 80% of powers to Moroccans and 20% to the French, it faced resistance and was eventually overturned. In recent editions, the festival has seen the return of strong French influence, particularly with the continuation of Melita Tuscan Duplantier’s involvement.
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