The Imagix cinema complex in Tournai, where the Ramdam film festival was underway, has been closed since Thursday and until January 28th, due to threats of a terrorist attack. Festival organisers are looking at various options in order for it to carry on.
Led by their president Jean-Pierre Winberg, the organisers of the “challenging film festival” met on Friday morning to assess the situation and look at the future of this 2015 edition. “We plan to organise 2 events in Tournai although we are currently waiting on official authorisation from the city authorities. Details of theses 2 events will be revealed this weekend. We are thinking of having a screening at the Maison de la Culture (cultural centre) in Tournai on Tuesday, and hope to offer another event in partnership with a local organisation,” reveal the organisers.
Screening of “Timbuktu”, a film about religious fanaticism, which was already announced in the festival programme, will take place as planned on Saturday January 24th and Sunday January 25th, at 5:00pm, at the Ecran cinema. “The towns and cities of Mouscron, Chievres and Frasnes have pledged their support and offered their facilities for the screening of some of our movies,” they add.
As for the protest planned for Friday night in Tournai, “It was organised spontaneously on social networks. It is a show of solidarity we are delighted with. We are not against it at all, on the contrary,” says the Ramdam president. The vigil will be held from 7:30pm onwards at Grand’Place in Tournai.
Christopher Vincent (Source: Belga)