Born in Casablanca in 1942, Izza Génini left her native Morocco in 1960 to follow her parents to France. She studied literature and foreign languages at the Sorbonne and at the School of Oriental Languages before taking charge from 1966 to 1970 of the external relations of the festivals of Tours and Annecy. In 1973, Izza created the SOGEAV company for the distribution of films in French-speaking Africa, the distribution of African films abroad and the production of films such as " El Hal " and " Trances ".
Prizes and Awards
2007: Martin SCORSESE chooses the film " Trances " to launch the Word Cinema Foundation at the Cannes film festival.
2009: Nomination for the KHMISA- Lesieur distinction, MOROCCO, for EXCEPTIONAL JOURNEY
2012: “POMEGRANATE AWARD for life achievment - awarded by the American Sephardi Federation- New York
October 2020: Berwick Festival of Arts and Medias " Conversation with Izza Génini "
November 2020: " Retrospective Izza Génini ", Quai Branly Museum and Ethnological Film Festival
March 2021: Association of Mediterranean Cinema and Human Rights Meetings
TALK SHOW of March 31, 2021: