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Moroccan film wins top prize at African film fest

- Associated Press - Sunday, March 6, 2011

OUAGADOUGOU, BURKINA FASO (AP) - The Moroccan film "Pegase" has been awarded the top cinematic prize at Africa's biggest film festival Saturday.

The Panafrican Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou, known as FESPACO, is being held in Burkina Faso's capital through March 5. Eighteen feature films were competing for the top prize, the Golden Stallion of Yennenga, in the 22nd edition of the festival.

"Pegase", directed by Mohamed Mouftakir, tells the story of a young girl who is the victim of rape and incest and is manipulated to believe that she has become pregnant with the devil's child.

Morocco won the same prize in 2001 with "Ali Zaoua" by Nabil Ayouch and in 1973 with "Les Mille et Une Mains" by Souheil Ben Barka.

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