The International Oriental Film Festival of Geneva (FIFOG) has chosen Algerian writer Ahlam Mosteghanemi to be its honourary president, noting she is “one of the most influential female writers and most successful authors in the Muslim world and the Middle East," according to a festival press release.
Multi-award winner Mosteghanemi has been an active writer for more than 35 years.
She published nine literary works, including novels and poetry.
The 11th edition of FIFOG will take place 11-17 April 2016 across several cities, including Geneva and Lausanne.
The festival is supported by the City of Geneva’s Department for Culture and other significant partners.
The festival aims to deepen mutual understanding and abolish cultural barriers between the East and the West by means of exclusive fiction movies, documentaries and short movies.
The programme is yet to be finalised.