Saffron, a well-known, highly priced dried spice, is obtained from the stigmas and the styles’ tops of Crocus sativus L.In Morocco, its cultivation is limited to the Taliouine area, located between the cities of Taroudant and Ouarzazate and situated at the junction of the High and Low Atlas mountains. It is an important source of income for many families and is grown on very small plots of land. Currently, saffron acreage covers about 500 ha for a production of about 1000 kg per year, giving an average yield of 2 to 2.5 kg per ha. It is harvested in the autumn months and is marketed in the main urban centers of the country, with a limited amount exported to Europe. Saffron is only used in sophisticated Moroccan dishes such as Tagins, Bastilla and Tangia
After a 10 days almost, electoral campaign for the parliamentary elections, Moroccan are heading to elections' boxes to express their opening and chose their representatives' at the parliament. From which the coming government is going to be selected. And that makes of today an important date in the coming 5 years of the Moroccan system especially under the cover of the new elected constitution and the presence of about 250 international experts to supervise the elections and it's transparency. Hoping for the best!
After the British cinema week there comes The Week of Italian cinema Cinéitalia is held from Monday, November 21st till the 25th at the 7th Art cinema in Rabat, in the presence of Mr Mario SERENELLINI, film critic.
The entrance is free within the places availability. Movies and short films will be presented in original version with subtitles in French, to the delight of movie goer's fans of Italian cinema.
Scenic recent Italian films, accompanied by the program of short animated films "Cartoon Unit "selected and presented by Mr Serenellini.
1 - Monday, November 21 at 18h SI PUO FARE - Giulio Manfredonia, 2008 - 111 '
2 - Tuesday, November 22 at 18h DIECI Inverni HONEY-Valerio, 2009 - 96 '
3 - Wednesday, November 23 at 18h EX - Fausto Brizzi, 2009 - 120 '
4 - Thursday, November 24 at 18h GIULIA NOT BE THE ESCE - Giuseppe Piccioni, 2009 - 105 '
5 - Friday, November 25 at 18h Malavoglia - Pasquale Scimeca, 2010 (94 ')
Date: Monday, November 21, 2011 - Friday, November 25, 2011 Hours: 18h Location: 7th Art cinema in Rabat
Organized by: Italian Cultural Institute - Rabat, in collaboration with MCC MCC.
Morocco broke free from years of French colonial rule with the return of King Mohammed V in 1956 from his exile in Madagascar and Corsica. On November 18th, 1956, King Mohammed V proclaimed Morocco’s independence and from then on this day is celebrated in Morocco with much pomp and fervor. Usually the cities get a patriotic view, flags and shining signs hanged everywhere, also music and national anthems are played in main streets and squares.
The foundation of the International Film Festival of Marrakech has announced to the public a number of key facts about 2011 editions'; that will be held from the 2nd to the 11th of December 2011. This years' edition puts the Moroccan cinema on the hearth of the event by honoring Moroccan films at the opening, The Rif lover by Narjiss Nejjar, and closure, Death For Sale by Faouzi Bensaid. Also four films will be competing for the festival prize. That are, THE END BY HICHAM LASRI, ANDALUSIA, MY LOVE! BY MOHAMED NADIF, ON THE EDGE BY LEÏLA KILANI and THE RETURN OF THE SON BY AHMED BOULANE.
Yesterday afternoon one of our placements organized a traditional dancing ceremony under the theme "Our heritage is our identity" the show included a number of dances that was launched by a dance from the Indian heritage to put the presence at ease. Right after the dancers changed their cloths with the goats and sheep's skin as the Moroccan metaphor of the devilish "BOUJLOUD" who will be always faced by the angels' power "BOLHIADR" also the power of Music that brings the life back. This and other myths were raised during the show that our volunteers enjoyed so much as the rest of the other audience.