Medi1 TV launches “Jari Ya Jari”, a new talk show with a pan-Maghreb perspective, underscores “the human values of co-existence and sharing.” [Hassan Benmehdi]
Magharebia, by Hassan Benmehdi (Casablanca, Morocco, March 4, 2013) – New television talk show “Jari Ya Jari” aims to promote a united Maghreb by focusing on the shared interests of the region’s citizens.
Medi1 TV unveiled the show on Friday (March 1st). The network’s newest offering features Moroccan Kaoutar Boudarraja and Algerian Salima Abada.
Tunisian radio presenter Imen Amiri, Libyan comedian Miloud El Amrouni, Mauritania’s Saw Mamadou, Moroccan humourist Youssef Ksiyer and young Moroccan comedian Hamza Filali round out the panel.
The show’s stars will discuss the customs, habits and traditions of Morocco, Algeria, Mauritania, Tunisia and Libya, with entertainment and music from the region providing a backdrop.
For seventy minutes each week, Jari Ya Jari will examine the identity and culture of Maghreb societies, explained Medi1 TV chief executive Abbas Azzouzi.
“Acting as a mirror for societies which are culturally and geographically very close, Jari Ya Jari invites viewers to find out more about the people of the Maghreb and their daily lives,” he underlined.
The format of the show involves selecting a social topic common to all Maghreb societies and examining people’s views and experiences, Moroccan host Boudarraja said.
“The goal is to demonstrate how rich this region of the world is in terms of the human values of co-existence and sharing,” she said on-air during the first show.
The initiative breaks new ground and is a valuable way of bringing people together, especially Maghreb youth, said Moroccan humourist Mohamed El Khyari, Friday’s guest of honour.
“We have a number of things in common, but they are not often capitalised on,” he underlined, expressing a desire to see the programme promote true human values.
The first edition of the new programme involved a discussion about the issue of h’chouma (shame) in Maghreb societies.
“In this first show, Jari Ya Jari tried to show us that h’chouma is a taboo common to all countries in the Maghreb, but it is perceived differently,” commented Hanaa, a nurse who works at a public hospital in Casablanca.
“Jari Ya Jari is certainly an educational and entertaining project,” journalist Najlae El Boudini commented, “but its goal is regional integration through the cultural reconciliation of nations amid a regional context of profound changes and threats posed by extremist ideologies that came from elsewhere.”