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The 17th annual Northern Virginia Jewish Film Festival
The 17th annual Northern Virginia Jewish Film Festival took place from March 23rd to April 2nd 2017. This year, Morocco was at the heart of this movie event, presenting vibrant stories, bold conversations, and new perspectives through a contemporary Jewish lens.

The Northern Virginia Jewish Film Festival aims to highlight the cinematographic works of several countries dealing with Jewish culture and heritage. The 2017 edition screened 17 cinematographic productions, including documentaries and short films.
Two Moroccan films launched the Opening night of the Festival. More than 150 persons attended the opening and watched the first films which came to illuminate the expansive scope and rich texture of Jewish life and culture as regard the Moroccan Jews.

Indeed, THE MIDNIGHT ORCHESTRA, directed by Jérôme Cohen-Olivar and played by Gad Elmaleh, It is mainly a case in point of a Moroccan Jew visiting Morocco and rediscovers his roots. Meanwhile, Etoile, a short documentary Animation, came to illustrate Moroccan Jewish History during the 1960s.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Driss Alaoui, Minister-Counselor, pointed out that the projection of the film "Midnight Orchestra" at this festival is an excellent opportunity to highlight Judeo-Moroccan heritage, one of the essential components of the cultural identity of the Kingdom. It illustrates perfectly the coexistence and cohabitation between Moroccans of different faiths, confirmed within the 2011 Constitution.
It was the opportunity to recall the role played by Late His Majesty Mohammed V to protect the Moroccan Jewish against the anti-Semitic laws of the Vichy regime and his firm opposition to any segregation or discrimination among the Moroccan citizens.
Same efforts are deployed under His Majesty Mohammed VI to “safeguard the civilizational heritage of the Kingdom as well as the cultural heritage of all the components of Moroccan society.”
The Festival was screened at Angelika Film Center & Cafe' at Mosaic in Fairfax, in Virginia.