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"D'IETEREN BICENTENARY" (BELGIUM)
GOLD CAMERA
Corporate Communications: Stockholder

Entrant: Kaos Films/Brussels
Sponsor/Client: Dune SA
Production Company: Kaos Films/Brussels


D'ieteren, the oldest family group in Belguim is 200 years old. The company has taken this opportunity to recount its history in a 10 minute film. The film is based on a mix between video and photo archives of the group.


"SALAMANCA UNICA" (SPAIN)
SILVER SCREEN
Travel

Entrant: Lindstrand Espana
Sponsor/Client: Turismo - Ayuntamiento de Salamanca
Production Company: Lindstrand Espana/Madrid


Salamanca was named Cultural Capital of Europe in 2002. Since then a lot has been done to combine it's historical heritage with an array of modern buildings, hotels, museums, sports installations. This year Salamanca is celebrating the 250th anniversary of it's Plaza Mayor, one of the oldest in Europe, and the city council will officially announce in March their program of entertainment and cultural events.


"AUGUST EQUITY - INFORMER INTERACTIVE: DURRANTS" (UNITED KINGDOM)
SILVER SCREEN
CORPORATE: Corporate Communications - Stockholder

Entrant: Bladonmore Media Limited / London
Sponsor/Client: August Equity Limited / London
Production Company: Bladonmore Media Limited / London


Durrnats was founded in 1880 and is London's oldest press cuttings agency. In 2000, flollowing a failed bid for arch-rival Romeike & Curtis, August Equity backed Chief Executive Steve White in a management buy-in to Durrants. During 2000-2004, Steve and his management team revolutionzed the business through investment in new technology and the aquistion of a major competitor. Throught this period, August continued to support the managenmt team financially as these new challenges arose. However, in 2006, the opportunity arose for August to exit from the business and to realize considerable value for their own investors. This film follows the highs and lows of this remarkable business partnership.


"SHE CHANGES THE WORLD" (THE NETHERLANDS)
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CORPORATE: Fundraising

Entrant: Dijkwerk / Amsterdam
Sponsor/Client: Mama Cash / Amsterdam
Production Company: Dijkwerk / Amsterdam


Mama Cash is the oldest independent international womens fund. She believes in the power and ability of women to change the world. This film is made to show the work of Mama Cash in practice. It gives that brave and strong women they support for years a voice and show their initiatives have major impact on the position of women in society.


"STAR OF INDIA - SAN DIEGO'S TALL SHIP" (USA)
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DOCUMENTARY: History, Biography

Entrant: De Facto Fiction Films / San Diego, CA
Sponsor/Client: KPBS-TV / San Diego, CA
Production Company: De Facto Fiction Films / San Diego, CA


This PBS dramatic documentary is about the history, ongoing restoration, and elaborate crew training of the world's oldest functioning sailing ship, the Star of India.


"COLOR AND SCIENCE #3 - UNVEILING THE MYSTERY OF THE REDDISH MARKS" (JAPAN)
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DOCUMENTARY: Arts: Art, Culture

Entrant: Japan Science and Technology Agency/Tokyo
Production Company: Sakura Motion Picture Co., Ltd./Tokyo


Bizen ware is one of Japan’s oldest pottery styles. Just one firing produces a vast range of dynamic patterns called Yohen. The most famous of all is Hidasuki, reddish brick colored fire stripes created by wrapping straw around the pottery before firing. The principle behind the effect has remained a mystery for centuries; it was regarded as the result of a happy accident within the kiln, something that was left to fate. This program features the work of scientists determined to unravel the mystery of Hidasuki and the dedication of potters who create works of art by controlling the interaction of clay, fire and air.


"FROM FREEZER TO FURNACE" (AUSTRIA)
SILVER SCREEN
Documentary: Sciences, Research, Exploration

Entrant: ORF (Austrian Broadcasting Corporation) NHU / Vienna
http://www/orf.at
Sponsor/Client: ORF NHU
Production Company: CosmosFactory for ORF


This is a journey to the hottest and coldest places on earth, where people go about their everyday lives under extreme conditions – and even enjoy it. The Northern Pole of Cold, where the northern hemisphere’s lowest air temperature of minus 71.2 degrees Celsius has been recorded, lies in northeast Siberia. The village of Oymyakon is the coldest inhabited place on the - a real natural freezer. Thousands of miles away lies America’s answer to the record-holding Russian village: Furnace Creek, headquarters of Death Valley National Park, is the hottest place in the United States and one of the hottest spots in the world. In 1913, 56.7 degrees Celsius were measured here. The world’s official hottest place is Al’Aziziyah in Libya: this city is regarded as a gateway to the Sahara desert, just 25 miles from Tripoli and the Mediterranean Sea. In 1922 the world record of 58 degrees Celsius was measured here – in the shade. And although temperatures in Aziziyah regularly exceed 40 degrees, the a922 world record has never been reached again. Another infamous blast furnace is the Danakil Depression in the borderland between Eritrea and Ethiopia – one of the most forbidding deserts on earth, a volcanic wasteland almost 150 meters below sea level, which boasts the highest measured annual average temperature: 34.6 degrees Celsius


"SALAMANCA CIUDAD DEL ESPAÑOL" (SPAIN)
GOLD CAMERA
Corporate: Travel, Tourism

Entrant: VideoOn / Madrid
Sponsor/Client: Salamanca Ciudad del Español / Salamanca
Production Company: VideoOn / Madrid


The film was made to promote the City of Salamanca as the best place to learn Spanish through its two universities and many specialized language schools. The oldest university created in Spain and one of the oldest in the world was created in Salamanca in the 13th century. Among other legacies, the General Library of the Salamanca University founded by Alphonse X The Wise in 1254 contains over 125,000 books and is the oldest European university library. Through the eyes of three students, the film shows the many attractive cultural and leisurely aspects in the life of a student in Salamanca : nature, sports, exhibitions, museums, traditions, shopping, tapas bars and spending time in one of the most impressive squares in the world, the Plaza Mayor de Salamanca.


"THE GREGORIAN MAZE - THE SCIENCE OF CALENDARS" (JAPAN)
SILVER SCREEN
Educational: History, Biography

Entrant: Japan Science and Technology Agency / Tokyo
http://www.jst.go.jp/EN/
Sponsor/Client: Japan Science and Technology Agency / Tokyo
Production Company: Eizohkan Inc. / Tokyo


Observing the movements of the heavenly bodies to make calendars is one of the oldest sciences. Dividing up the elusive concept of time into days, months and years brings order and rhythm to life and society. In this program, we visit the Vatican City where the Gregorian Calendar, presently used in worldwide, was born. We see the process Meridan Hall and the Vatican observatory. It is explained how the calendar works in plain language as well as introduce ancient calendars, the calendar used in the Edo Period, the Nautical Almanac and many other types of calendars.


"WORLD ON A STRING - A PASSION FOR BEADS" (USA)
SILVER SCREEN
Documentary: Arts: Art, Culture

Entrant: Zepra International Inc / Woodland Hills, CA
Production Company: Zepra International Inc / Woodland Hills, CA


The film looks at collectors and artists who treasure and celebrate the BEAD in a variety of ways. It seeks to educate & entetrtain modern audiences about the contemporary celebrations of one of mankind's oldest and most treasured creations . . . The bead.


GRAND MILLENNIUM BEIJING "WORK OF ART" (SINGAPORE)
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Corporate: Specialty Productions: Online Productions

Entrant: Moving Bits Pte Ltd / Singapore
Sponsor/Client: Millennium & Copthorne Ltd / Singapore
Production Company: Moving Bits Pte Ltd / Singapore


China is one of the world’s oldest civilizations. Ruled for centuries by emperors who always appreciated the finest things in life, no expense was spared when it came to luxury. Foreigners seldom experienced this luxury, and they surely, never experienced the legendary beauty of its women. Let us take you then, behind the Great Wall of this once Forbidden City, to a place where luxury & beauty exists in perfect harmony. Let us show you the - Grand Millennium Beijing.



Entrant: NHK/Tokyo, Tokyo Japan
Sponsor/Client: /,
Production Company: NHK/Tokyo, Tokyo Japan


In the “Samurai Spirit” series, world-renowned karate champion Nicholas Pettas, aka the blue-eyed samurai, reveals the secrets behind Japanese martial arts. The edition on sumo sheds light on Japan’s national sport and oldest martial art, which began as a Shinto ritual and is rich in time-honored tradition and formality. It focuses on sumo grand champion Hakuho and his amazing physique and iron willpower.


"THE OLDEST PROFESSION - PROSTITUTES AND SEXWORKERS" (GERMANY)
SILVER SCREEN
Documentary:Television: Documentary Programs: Social Issues

Entrant: Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR)/Köln
Production Company: LE V/Leipzig


If in Hamburg Herbertstraße, the Parisian Bois de Boulogne or in Amsterdam’s Oude Kerk,people who want to buy sex know where to find it. The prostitution business flourishes in Europe. What are the women like who offer Sex for money? What do they sell: their body, a service or even love? Has anything changed through the centuries regarding their reputation, their social standing or has sex work even become an ordinary job for some of them? Katja Esson and Uta Kolano talked to women in Germany, France, Greece, Italy and Great Britain and stated that their respective working conditions and personal attitudes vary as much as their customer’s inclinations. The documentation analyzes the relation between power, money and morals and takes a close look at the female position within this constellation in the run of European history. It describes how clients treat prostitutes, asks questions concerning hygiene and contraception as well as payment and the dropping out possibilities.


"GENIUS OF NATURE - EPISODE 2: EXTREMES" (AUSTRIA)
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DOCUMENTARY: TV: Documentary Programs: Science, Research, Technology

Entrant: Terra Mater Factual Studios GmbH / Vienna
Production Company: Terra Mater Factual Studios
& Oxford Scientific Films in co-production with BBC


We have taken cues from nature’s most extreme examples to help ourselves in as many applications as possible. Huskies survive in the coldest places on earth and so are covered in thick fur, but can also avoid overheating in warmer climates. Based on their cooling methods scientists have developed the ‘Bear glove’ to help stop humans from overheating. Copying a giraffe’s ability to regulate the blood pressure in its head, Swiss scientists have developed a suit for fighter pilots to wear, allowing them to stay conscious when experiencing more than 9G. And crash helmets are now being improved by copying the way woodpeckers protect their brains when they undergo 1200G, hammering their head against a tree. We have learnt from some of nature’s most extreme evolutionary adaptations to make our lives just that little bit easier and safer.


"GENIUS OF NATURE - EPISODE 2: EXTREMES" (AUSTRIA)
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DOCUMENTARY: TV: Documentary Programs: Science, Research, Technology

Entrant: Terra Mater Factual Studios GmbH / Vienna
Production Company: Terra Mater Factual Studios
& Oxford Scientific Films in co-production with BBC


We have taken cues from nature’s most extreme examples to help ourselves in as many applications as possible. Huskies survive in the coldest places on earth and so are covered in thick fur, but can also avoid overheating in warmer climates. Based on their cooling methods scientists have developed the ‘Bear glove’ to help stop humans from overheating. Copying a giraffe’s ability to regulate the blood pressure in its head, Swiss scientists have developed a suit for fighter pilots to wear, allowing them to stay conscious when experiencing more than 9G. And crash helmets are now being improved by copying the way woodpeckers protect their brains when they undergo 1200G, hammering their head against a tree. We have learnt from some of nature’s most extreme evolutionary adaptations to make our lives just that little bit easier and safer.


"GREEK TOURISM - AN ETERNAL JOURNEY" (GREECE)
SILVER SCREEN
CORPORATE: Tourism Films

Entrant: Greek National Tourism Organisation / Athens
Sponsor/Client: Greek National Tourism Organisation / Athens
Athina Babkou
Production Company: Qkas Productions / Athens
Producer: Thalia Kalafata; Director: Andonis Theocharis Kioukas;
Other Credits: Cinematographer: Konstatntinos Arvanitakis; Sound: Dimitris Papadimitriou
Editor: Digimojo-Konstatntinos Arvanitakis


Greek tourism, an eternal journey. Tourism. Greece's oldest industry... an industry of dreams. 1914. The 1st National Tourism Organization, Greece's fame spreads around the world!!! 10.000 tourists in 1914. 17,5million in 2014. Greece an Authentic & Ideal Destination!!!


"I-WITNESS: DORM 12" (PHILIPPINES)
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DOCUMENTARY: Documentary Programs: Social Issues

Entrant: GMA Network, Inc. / Quezon City
Production Company: GMA Network, Inc. / Quezon City
Program Mgr: J.Madrigal; EP: C.Sto. Domingo; Dir & Edit Sup:: A.Matutina;
Other Credits: Graphics Editor:F.Abril; Editors: M.Antonio, T.Chua, F.Abril, J.Penilla;
Researcher: J.Isip; Host/Writer: K.David


In the corner of a dormitory, an old, near-blind woman lies quietly on her bunk. Faintly, she hums a song. And suddenly she is transported to her past. It has been years ago when her life seemed to end, when this little corner became her entire world. The old woman blinks. When will her son visit her? At the other end of this dormitory, a grandmother clutches her cane dearly. Her knees are feeble, her back fragile, but nothing can stop her from praying in their chapel. At 90 years old, her plea has yet to be answered. She is not only the oldest resident in her dormitory; she is the oldest inmate in the Correctional Institute for Women. Kara David meets Mary Rose and Petra, infirmed and aged inmates at the maximum-security prison. This is no place for their delicate condition. But this may be their only refuge


"HABEAS CORPUS: THE GUANTANAMO CASES" (UNITED STATES)
SILVER SCREEN
DOCUMENTARY: Film / Video / Digital: Documentaries: Short

Entrant: The Documentary Group / New York, NY
Sponsor/Client: The Annenberg Foundation Trust / Los Angeles, CA


The US Constitution is the oldest written national constitution still in use today. For over 200 years it has stood at the center of American political life and been celebrated by people from all walks of life and across the political spectrum. But it has also been the subject of vast disagreements, beginning almost the moment it was signed in Philadelphia in 1787 and continuing to this day. The Constitution Project seeks to make this central document, and the ideas and struggles that shaped it, accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds. The series explores the conflicts that have not only formed the Constitution but have influenced how we understand and interpret it. This documentary explores Magna Carta, one of the most important documents in the history of democracy and the inspiration for the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. It marked its 800th anniversary in 2015.


"MAGNA CARTA AND THE CONSTITUTION" (UNITED STATES)
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DOCUMENTARY: Film / Video / Digital: Documentaries: Short

Entrant: The Documentary Group / New York, NY
Sponsor/Client: The Annenberg Foundation Trust / Los Angeles, CA


The US Constitution is the oldest written national constitution still in use today. For over 200 years it has stood at the center of American political life and been celebrated by people from all walks of life and across the political spectrum. But it has also been the subject of vast disagreements, beginning almost the moment it was signed in Philadelphia in 1787 and continuing to this day. The Constitution Project seeks to make this central document, and the ideas and struggles that shaped it, accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds. The series explores the conflicts that have not only formed the Constitution but have influenced how we understand and interpret it. This documentary explores Magna Carta, one of the most important documents in the history of democracy and the inspiration for the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. It marked its 800th anniversary in 2015.


"WISH YOU WERE HERE (ROMANTIC)" (GERMANY)
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CORPORATE: Tourism Films

Entrant: Deutsche Zentrale für Tourisms e.V. / German National Tourist Board / Frankfurt/Main
Sponsor/Client: Deutsche Zentrale für Tourisms e.V. / German National Tourist Board
Frankfurt/Main
Production Company: full SCOPE thinking, gonzalez.walker GbR / Frankfurt/Main
Producers: Insa Gonzalez, Cora Walker, Romano Warlo; Editor: Romano Warlo
Other Credits: Directors: Insa Gonzalez & Cora Walker
Cinematogrpaher: Chris Grewe


7 views of romantic locations. Idyllic Rüdesheim am Rhein is the gateway to the UNESCO World Heritage Upper Middle Rhine Valley. RHEIN IN FLAMMEN® - THE ORIGINAL Bingen/Rüdesheim. Neuschwanstein Castle – Germany’s fairytale castle. A trip back in time to the Middle Age: Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Potsdam: a land of gardens, parks, palaces and lakes. Even back in Luther’s day, student life shaped Heidelberg, Germany’s oldest university town. Mainau Island – a baroque palace, a palm house, orchids and more.


"WOMEN IN AMAZIGH MUSIC" (MOROCCO)
SILVER SCREEN
DOCUMENTARY: Craft/Production Techniques: Cinematography

Entrant: Dounia Productions / Casablanca
Production Company: Dounia Productions / Casablanca
Producer: Dounia Benjelloun; Director: Farida Benlyazid;
Other Credits: Cinematographer: Hamid Aït Lachquar; Editor: Abderrahim Mettour


From time immemorial, women have sung and danced in the Amazigh or berber culture. In this 25 minute film, we have selected those who seemed most representative of the various genres found in the different regions of Morocco. We see them sing and then they talk about their choices and their professional journey in interviews. In the Middle Atlas, we chose Fadma Ouldhidou, Aicha Maya and Hmama, whose powerful voices launch through the air in beautiful Tamaweyts. In the Souss, we singled out Fatema Tabaamrant, who is an appreciated lyricist. Her engaged poetry has brought her great fame among all Amazigh. The association she created allowed us to discover, performing in Tiznit, Batoul Marouani, the great Sahara singer, and Hindi Zahra, who sings in English and Amazigh and has an international following. In Tiznit yet, we also filmed a Sufi Ahwach named Agraw from the troupe Amendil, which only includes older women. In Sidi Ifni, we saw an Ahwach performance by Ait Baamrane which honours women; Zahra spoke to us about her group. In Fint, the women have created a troupe where it is the women who play the drum, which is rather rare. Then it is on to Telouet for a Tamaweyt by Sfia, the oldest singer in Telouet, whose songs were frequently played on the radio. In Ait Bouguemez, Fadma decided to defy taboos and create a troupe of women to promulgate the songs and rituals of women in village ceremonies. We then arrive in the Rif where Fatiha Lhoceimia, who founded a troupe of women who sing at weddings, speaks of the difficulty of being a singer in the Rif. Finally, Tifyur in Nador explains how she created a modern music group. To conclude, we see her live concert.


"WOMEN IN AMAZIGH MUSIC" (MOROCCO)
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DOCUMENTARY: Craft/Production Techniques: Editing

Entrant: Dounia Productions / Casablanca
Production Company: Dounia Productions / Casablanca
Producer: Dounia Benjelloun; Director: Farida Benlyazid
Other Credits: Cinematographer: Hamid Aït Lachquar; Editor: Abderrahim Mettour


From time immemorial, women have sung and danced in the Amazigh or Berber culture. In this 25 minute film, we have selected those who seemed most representative of the various genres found in the different regions of Morocco. We see them sing and then they talk about their choices and their professional journey in interviews. In the Middle Atlas, we chose Fadma Ouldhidou, Aicha Maya and Hmama, whose powerful voices launch through the air in beautiful Tamaweyts. In the Souss, we singled out Fatema Tabaamrant, who is an appreciated lyricist. Her engaged poetry has brought her great fame among all Amazigh.
The association she created allowed us to discover, performing in Tiznit, Batoul Marouani, the great Sahara singer, and Hindi Zahra, who sings in English and Amazigh and has an international following. In Tiznit yet, we also filmed a Sufi Ahwach named Agraw from the troupe Amendil, which only includes older women. In Sidi Ifni, we saw an Ahwach performance by Ait Baâmrane which honours women; Zahra spoke to us about her group. In Fint, the women have created a troupe where it is the women who play the drum, which is rather rare. Then it is on to Telouet for a Tamaweyt by Sfia, the oldest singer in Telouet, whose songs were frequently played on the radio.
In Ait Bouguemez, Fadma decided to defy taboos and create a troupe of women to promulgate the songs and rituals of women in village ceremonies. We then arrive in the Rif where Fatiha Lhoceimia, who founded a troupe of women who sing at weddings, speaks of the difficulty of being a singer in the Rif. Finally, Tifyur in Nador explains how she created a modern music group. To conclude, we see her live concert.


"WOMEN IN AMAZIGH MUSIC" (MOROCCO)
CERTIFICATE
DOCUMENTARY: Craft/Production Techniques: Direction

Entrant: Dounia Productions / Casablanca
Production Company: Dounia Productions / Casablanca
Producer: Dounia Benjelloun; Director: Farida Benlyazid
Other Credits: Cinematographer: Hamid Aït Lachquar; Editor: Abderrahim Mettour


From time immemorial, women have sung and danced in the Amazigh or Berber culture. In this 25 minute film, we have selected those who seemed most representative of the various genres found in the different regions of Morocco. We see them sing and then they talk about their choices and their professional journey in interviews. In the Middle Atlas, we chose Fadma Ouldhidou, Aicha Maya and Hmama, whose powerful voices launch through the air in beautiful Tamaweyts. In the Souss, we singled out Fatema Tabaamrant, who is an appreciated lyricist. Her engaged poetry has brought her great fame among all Amazigh.
The association she created allowed us to discover, performing in Tiznit, Batoul Marouani, the great Sahara singer, and Hindi Zahra, who sings in English and Amazigh and has an international following. In Tiznit yet, we also filmed a Sufi Ahwach named Agraw from the troupe Amendil, which only includes older women. In Sidi Ifni, we saw an Ahwach performance by Ait Baâmrane which honours women; Zahra spoke to us about her group. In Fint, the women have created a troupe where it is the women who play the drum, which is rather rare. Then it is on to Telouet for a Tamaweyt by Sfia, the oldest singer in Telouet, whose songs were frequently played on the radio.
In Ait Bouguemez, Fadma decided to defy taboos and create a troupe of women to promulgate the songs and rituals of women in village ceremonies. We then arrive in the Rif where Fatiha Lhoceimia, who founded a troupe of women who sing at weddings, speaks of the difficulty of being a singer in the Rif. Finally, Tifyur in Nador explains how she created a modern music group. To conclude, we see her live concert.


"WOMEN IN AMAZIGH MUSIC" (MOROCCO)
CERTIFICATE
DOCUMENTARY: Film / Video / Digital: Documentaries: Short

Entrant: Dounia Productions / Casablanca
Production Company: Dounia Productions / Casablanca
Producer: Dounia Benjelloun; Director: Farida Benlyazid
Other Credits: Cinematographer: Hamid Aït Lachquar; Editor: Abderrahim Mettour


From time immemorial, women have sung and danced in the Amazigh or Berber culture. In this 25 minute film, we have selected those who seemed most representative of the various genres found in the different regions of Morocco. We see them sing and then they talk about their choices and their professional journey in interviews. In the Middle Atlas, we chose Fadma Ouldhidou, Aicha Maya and Hmama, whose powerful voices launch through the air in beautiful Tamaweyts. In the Souss, we singled out Fatema Tabaamrant, who is an appreciated lyricist. Her engaged poetry has brought her great fame among all Amazigh. The association she created allowed us to discover, performing in Tiznit, Batoul Marouani, the great Sahara singer, and Hindi Zahra, who sings in English and Amazigh and has an international following. In Tiznit yet, we also filmed a Sufi Ahwach named Agraw from the troupe Amendil, which only includes older women. In Sidi Ifni, we saw an Ahwach performance by Ait Baamrane which honours women; Zahra spoke to us about her group. In Fint, the women have created a troupe where it is the women who play the drum, which is rather rare. Then it is on to Telouet for a Tamaweyt by Sfia, the oldest singer in Telouet, whose songs were frequently played on the radio. In Ait Bouguemez, Fadma decided to defy taboos and create a troupe of women to promulgate the songs and rituals of women in village ceremonies. We then arrive in the Rif where Fatiha Lhoceimia, who founded a troupe of women who sing at weddings, speaks of the difficulty of being a singer in the Rif. Finally, Tifyur in Nador explains how she created a modern music group. To conclude, we see her live concert.


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