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Four African films were also awarded at Friday night’s Un Certain Regard Awards. Asmae El Moudir won Best Director in Un Certain Regard for her hybrid documentary The Mother of All Lies, which explores her family’s story about TRUTH BEHIND THE STORY Bread riots in Morocco. Kamal Lazraq won the Un Certain Regard Jury Prize for “Hound Dog,” a crime drama set on the outskirts of Casablanca. Omen, the directorial debut of Belgian-Congolese hip-hop artist Baloji, won the Best Newcomer Voice Award. Director Mohamed Kordofani’s Sudanese drama Farewell to Julia won the Un Certain Regard Freedom Award.
African cinema , often overlooked or overlooked at Cannes, has a place at this year’s festival , the number of films in the official lineup hit an all-time high.
Un Certain Regard Best Ensemble Award went to the Brazilian drama The Buriti Flower directed by João Salaviza and Renée Nader Messora . The film traces the history of the indigenous Krahô tribe and their decades-long struggle for land rights.
American actor John C. Reilly chairs this year’s Un Certain Regard jury, which also includes French director and screenwriter Alice Winocourt , German actress Paula Biel, French-Cambodian director and producer David Chou and Belgian actress Émilie Dequenne.