“As soon as I heard the word culture, I knew I wanted to participate in this contest, and I knew that it would be about the casbah,” recounts Inès Nayli, an Algerian journalist and content creator who partnered with filmmaker Zac HT to produce “Mon Patrimoine, Ma Culture” (“My Heritage, My Culture” in French). The short movie won the innovative TANDEM Media Awards category between a journalist and an artist; “one of the most difficult ones” according to the EU Neighbours South organisers, who said they nonetheless received the most submissions from this group.

“Our work is centered around culture in all its forms: material and immaterial,” explains Inès, who says they picked Algiers’ casbah as “the perfect architectural embodiment of culture”. “We filmed both the building itself but also the people representing its integration of old and new, through the eyes of Khadija, a young designer who weaves tradition into modern and stylish clothing.” The duo then moved to Tizi Ouzou, a mountain city in the north central Kabylie region, where they pictured the “immaterial” aspect of Algerian culture, between tradition and heritage preservation.

Winning this award is huge for me because I always tend to underestimate my work and do not dare to publish about it. This time, I feel like I am finally legitimate. This is an accomplishment I will never forget

TANDEM Media Awards

The TANDEM Media Awards is a media content creation competition based on the concept of collaboration between a pair, opened to journalists, journalism students and artists in the following countries and territories: Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Syria and Tunisia.

On 9 September 2021, the EU Neighbours South Programme launched the 1st edition of the TANDEM Media Awards, a media content creation competition opened to journalists, ...
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