Journées Cinématographiques de Carthage, or JCC, is technically the oldest film festival still active in the Arab
world and Africa. What began as a biennial event in Tunis established itself as an annual fixture in 2014. Despite
being held in a city lacking somewhat in exhibition infrastructure, JCC can also claim to be the audience festival
in the Arab world with fans lining up outside. The latest edition under Ridha’s aegis, which took place Oct 30-
Nov 6 after a COVID-enforced absence the year before, saw films from 45 countries, including 28 African and
17 Arab nations. Among the themes explored was the impact of globalization and the digital revolution on film
production and distribution.