BY RHONDA RICHFORD
The Marrakech Film Festival will celebrate its 15th birthday with Francis Ford Coppola, organizers on Monday announcing that the Oscar winner will serve as president of the festival’s jury.
“The Kingdom of Morocco is among my most favorite places on earth, and thus the Marrakech International Film Festival is a joy to attend,” Coppola said. “My paternal grandmother was born in North Africa (Tunisia) and I remember well the stories she told. All that personal history plus the fact that Morocco was the first country to recognize the American Colonies as an independent nation makes me feel most welcome.”
Coppola was previously honored at the festival in 2002.