The Wachma review
The idea of publishing a film review focusing on Mediterranean cinema had been germinating in the minds of the founding members of ACT since 1985. The 1st issue appeared just towards the end of this year on typed paper. At that time, the country knew of the publication of at least three or four journals and magazines specializing in the film industry. The daily newspapers periodically published film chronicles and readings of films or film sequences.
Even today, Morocco still has a large number of critics, academics and researchers in the film industry. Unfortunately, they can no longer find a space where they can publish their texts. The more intrepid publish self-authored essays. But this situation is proven to be precarious and costly. Because in addition to the high cost of self-publishing, these writers are faced with a lack of readership.
Our societies are now experiencing profound transformations in the way they consume and receive them. The Internet, social networks and blogs facilitate access to films and open up spaces for exchange, debate and publication that are quick and accessible to a diverse audience. Consequently, criticism on paper (journals, magazines or newspapers) increasingly loses its prestige and influence, leading to the death of journals and magazines.
Despite this gloomy atmosphere, the ACT (Association Amis de Cinéma de Tetouan) continues to navigate through thick and thin to impose WACHMA in the national and Mediterranean cinematographic landscape. Our pride is that we have succeeded in winning the loyalty of a certain audience, in gaining the trust of several illustrious authors (from both shores of the Mediterranean) who generously agree to share their love for cinema and their wonder for a good film.
Much of the reason we continue to publish Wachma is because of them. With each publication, their number increases.
Wachma is not a journal that publishes film reviews. It is a specialized journal whose authors are invited to offer in-depth analyzes, to experiment with innovative methods and approaches in order to offer readers quality content, avenues for reflection that arouse debates and promote exchanges. successful. Its audience is made up of teachers, students (cinema and literature option) and researchers. It has become, for them, a reference which allows them to deepen their knowledge in the cinematographic fields and helps them in the preparation of their dissertations (License, Masters and Doctorate).
Wachma remains one of the very few journals published in the Arab world today. It is working consistently to offer its readers various themes which have a strong resonance in the news and reveal the major challenges of Mediterranean society: Mediterranean dramas; Schools and cinema; cinema and Human Rights; cinema and literature; Cinema in the Age of Digitization, etc.
This 15th issue of WACHMA echoes the Colloquium organized as part of the 23rd edition of the FCMT under the title “When cinema crosses the barriers established by man”. Semiologists, critics and academics participated with texts that attempt to provide answers to this problem.
We hope that our readers will find food for thought and that they will encourage them to participate in this great debate which is agitating Mediterranean citizens and intellectuals.
Our readers, mainly teachers and students, will also have the pleasure of reading essays and analytical readings of Mediterranean films. Texts with pedagogical and didactic dimensions that one and the other could expolish in their respective fields.