Jean-Marc Lalo renovates African cinema


11 juin, 2021

africa, cinema, digital learning, film

Over the years, Jean-Marc Lalo has been trying to give new life to various cinemas. After completing the rehabilitation of the former Rif cinema in Morocco in 2007, renamed the Tangier Cinematheque, he was eager to leave. A week later, he found himself in the Malian capital, in the disused premises of Soudan Ciné.
Built in the 1960s, this cinema had closed fifteen years earlier, a victim of competition from television and video. The Mauritanian director Abderrahmane Sissako wanted to restore it to its former glory.
The civil war arrived in 2012 and plunged the country into chaos. This is one of the few regrets of Jean-Marc Lalo who, at 58, has to his credit the renovation and construction of four cinemas in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, and an establishment, the Guimbi, in Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso, which is due to open in October.

The creation of nine cinemas in a new district on the banks of the lake in Tunis is also being studied.
His projects are to be followed with great attention and will delight many film lovers on the continent.

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