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Video: Marrakech film festival opens with tribute for Adel Imam

The festival kicked off with a career tribute to the Egyptian star

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Egypt’s famous actor and comedian, Adel Imam, was honored with a career tribute at the 14th edition of the Marrakech International Film Festival on Friday.

The Egyptian comedian, who starred in more than a 100 films, is also an avid advocate and defender of the refugee cause, and was appointed as the U.N. Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR.

Adel Imam is an actor “who believes in life, in freedom, in challenges and thereby brings us a sense of optimism even in the darkest moments,” American entertainment website Variety quoted Touria Jabrane, former Moroccan minister of culture, as saying while presenting the career tribute.

Imam’s work traces a “fine line between anger and sarcasm,” she added.

Imam started his career in comedy, but his involvement in other serious films that discussed religious and social issues enabled him to bridge comedy and romanticism.

The festival also will also recognize Oscar winner Jeremy Irons on Saturday, Viggo Mortensen on Sunday and Moroccan producers Khadija Alami and Zakaria Alaoui on Thursday.

The film festival, which debuted in 2011, has become one of the biggest events devoted to Moroccan cinema and has continuously succeeded in bringing award-winning and famous actors, producers, and writers from across the globe every year.

The ceremony will continue until Dec. 13.