A glowing tribute was paid Thursday, in Algiers, to filmmaker Moussa Haddad for his film career by the Club of Media and Culture Elders.
Present during this tribute, the filmmaker Belkacem Hadjadj recalled the director’s career, who was an assistant to Gilo Pontecorvo at the beginning of his career, and whose works, initially made for television, were “a huge success in the cinema “.
For his part, director Ali Fateh Ayadi said he had “learned a lot” from Moussa Haddad’s works “first as a spectator, then as a filmmaker alongside a director”.
Actor Ahmed Benaïssa also spoke of Moussa Haddad’s work as “deeply rooted in Algerian society” while welcoming the initiative of the Club”.
This initiative was also greeted by the director Cherif Aggoune, who has worked for a long time with Haddad, and the columnist Abdelhakim Meziani, both of them spoke of Moussa Haddad’s rich career and his “special touch”.
Born in 1937, Moussa Haddad worked as assistant to the Italian director Gilo Pontecorvo, on the film “The Battle of Algiers”, and Enzo Peri on the film “Three pistol for Caesar”. He made his first work “The Inspector Tahar” in 1967, followed by “Inspector Tahar’s Vacation” in 1972 and “Under the Poplar” released in the same year.
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