Baba Diop, Senegalese journalist and film critic was awarded a Golden Tanit on the occasion of the opening ceremony of the Carthage Film Days on Saturday, October 30, 2021. The award was presented to Diop by Director General of the JCC, Ridha Behi and the Minister of Cultural Affairs, Hayet Guettat Guermazi, in honor of his “exceptional career” and his services to African cinema.
“I am overwhelmed by this recognition of the JCC. I was honored at the fiftieth anniversary of the Pan-African Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou (FESPACO) in 2019. I can only be proud if the two major festivals on the African continent honor me.” Baba Diop said.
He dedicated his trophy to “all African critics, to all Senegalese cultural journalists and to the Senegalese people”.
“This is a recognition that I share with the African Federation of Film Criticism (FACC) created here at the JCC in 2004, with the Senegalese Critics Association, with my country Senegal. It’s a tribute to all of Africa’s critics.” he added.
Baba Diop was president of the FACC from 2009 to 2013. He was also president of the Senegalese Association of Film Critics from 2007 to 2009.