Leyla Bouzid

Leyla Bouzid – Une Histoire D’Amour Et De Désir AKA A Tale Of Love And Desire (2021)

Ahmed meets Farah at the Sorbonne, where they both enroll in a course on Arabic literature. He’s French-born of Algerian descent; intelligent, socially awkward, an outsider in the city of his birth. She’s from Tunisia, well-to-do, cosmopolitan. She asks him to show her Paris. He quietly Googles the tourist sites. They’re equally taken by the 12th century poetry they’re reading, which is passionate, hedonistic, and erotic, but Ahmed finds it troubling to reconcile this culture with the repressive Islamic norms he has imbibed from the banlieue. As for love, he’s completely out of his depth. Read More »

Leyla Bouzid – À peine j’ouvre les yeux AKA As I Open My Eyes (2015)

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Tunis, summer 2010, a few months before the Revolution: Farah, 18 years-old, has just graduated and her family already sees her as a future doctor. But she doesn’t think the same way. She sings in a political rock band. She has a passion for life, gets drunk, discovers love and her city by night against the will of her mother Hayet, who knows Tunisia and its dangers too well. Read More »