A tribute to Nejib Ayed
TUNIS - The Carthage Film Festival’s 30th edition was dedicated to the late Tunisian producer and festival director Nejib Ayed, who was given an official tribute, attended by his friends and family as well as prominent artists, journalists, filmmakers and Tunisian Culture Minister Mohamed Zine el-Abidine in Tunis.
Lamia Guiga, Carthage Film Festival (JCC) artistic director, said this year’s festival was “exceptional” because “Nejib Ayed passed away while he was putting the final touches on the festival’s preparations.”
Ayed, a career producer and film critic, was instrumental to JCC’s success and fought to make the event as open and accessible to the public as possible.
An advocate of decentralisation, Ayed helped bring film screenings to cinemas throughout the country, including to prisons. Buying a ticket to a JCC screening is no longer a headache and turnout is always high.
During the event commemorating Ayed, the festival announced the creation of the Nejib Ayed Foundation for Culture and Cinema, dedicated to supporting young artists.
In addition to Ayed, who died August 16, two other Tunisian artists were honoured at the JCC: film director Chawki Mejri, who died October 10; and Tunisian-born couturier and shoe designer Azzedine Alaia, who died in November 2017.