Tunisia

  • Kaouther Ben Hania – Les filles d’Olfa AKA Four Daughters (2023)

    Kaouther Ben Hania2021-2030ArthouseDocumentaryTunisia
    Les filles d'Olfa (2023)
    Les filles d’Olfa (2023)

    Between light and darkness stands Olfa, a Tunisian woman and the mother of four daughters. One day, her two older daughters disappear. To fill in their absence, the filmmaker Kaouther Ben Hania invites professional actresses and invents a unique cinema experience that will lift the veil on Olfa and her daughters’ life stories.Read More »

  • Selma Baccar – Fatma 75 (1975)

    1971-1980DocumentarySelma BaccarTunisia
    Fatma 75 (1975)
    Fatma 75 (1975)

    PLOT: Fatma 75 is a pioneering film: it is the first non-fiction film by a Tunisian woman, a feminist essay-film, and the first in a series of powerful films about strong female figures in the country. The film was made in the UN International Women’s Year, 1975, and has long been recognised as one of the most important films from North Africa.Read More »

  • Nacer Khemir – Sheherazade: Words Against Death (2011)

    Nacer Khemir2011-2020African CinemaArthouseFantasyTunisia

    The collected work known as “One Thousand and One Nights” survived for centuries through generations of Arab storytellers, and is now recognized as an integral part of world literature. In this filmed performance, storyteller/filmmaker Nacer Khemir sits on chair in the middle of a dimly lit stage and deploys the magic of words to take us on a journey of the imagination. This simple set-up may not seem like much, but it offers the listener an extraordinarily colorful experience and brilliantly emphasizes the oral nature of the work. As we listen to the expertly told stories, we are equally charmed by their intricacies and entranced by their interconnectedness. Even though Khemir illustrates some of the stories with beautifully filmed sequences, the audience’s ability to listen is paramount here. Sheherazade used words to avoid impending death, Khemir uses the art of storytelling to breathe a new life into this ancient masterwork.Read More »

  • Nadia El Fani – Bedwin Hacker (2003)

    2001-2010AdventureAfrican CinemaNadia El FaniThrillerTunisia

    Synopsis:
    In a mountain oasis situated in the south of Tunisia, Kalt, a computer genius, has put together an emitter to pirate satellites and European TV channels under the pseudonym “Bedwin Hacker”. She tries to save her friend Frida, an illegal immigrant, from expulsio
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  • Raja Amari – Anonymes (2009)

    2001-2010AdventureDramaRaja AmariTunisia

    Quote:
    Aicha, Radia and their mother live removed from the world in the underground servant’s quarters of a deserted mansion. The precarious balance of their daily life is shaken by the arrival of a young couple who move into the main house. A bizarre cohabitation settles between the couple and the three women who decide not to make their presence known to these unexpected neighbors. They cannot leave their hiding place as it conceals secrets buried for years. But Aicha, the youngest sister, is attracted by the newcomers.Read More »

  • Mehdi Barsaoui – Bik Eneich: Un fils AKA A Son (2019)

    2011-2020African CinemaDramaMehdi BarsaouiTunisia

    Tunisia, summer 2011. The holiday to Southern country ends in disaster for Fares, Meriem and their 10-year old son Aziz when he is accidentally shot in an ambush. His injury will change their lives as Aziz needs a liver transplant, which leads to the discovery of a long-buried secret. Will Aziz and their relationship survive?Read More »

  • Férid Boughedir – Caméra d’Afrique AKA Twenty Years of African Cinema (1983)

    1981-1990ArthouseDocumentaryFérid BoughedirTunisia

    Quote:
    After several decades of colonial cinema using Africa as an exotic setting – often denying humanity and dignity to its people – and 70 years after the invention of the cinema, freshly independent Africans take hold at long last of that movie-camera which had been forbidden to them for so long. Despite a total lack of means and infrastructures, and filming against all odds, using by chance any African or foreign support, they try to show African reality in its variegated forms, as it is seen at last through African eyes. Using large extracts from the main films, interventions of filmakers, and rare vintage footage CAMERA D’AFRIQUE recalls the early 20 years of those new “author films”, created in Sub-Saharan Africa, which bear witness to an amazing thirst for showing and expressing themselves, never extinguished to this day.Read More »

  • Hinde Boujemaa – Noura Rêve AKA Noura dreams (2019)

    2011-2020DramaHinde BoujemaaTunisia

    Quote:
    With her abusive husband in jail and a coveted divorce pending, hardworking Noura can almost grasp a happy, new life with lover Lassaad – but when the best-laid plans are upended, Noura must tap her unshakable will to fulfill her dream.Read More »

  • Nacer Khemir – Looking for Muhyiddin (2014)

    2011-2020African CinemaArthouseDramaNacer KhemirTunisia

    A man (played by the filmmaker Nacer Khemir) returns home to Tunisia to bury his mother. After the burial, his father gives him an “amana” to be handed to a certain Sheikh named Muhyiddin. Taken by his father’s request, the man immediately sets out on an epic journey to find the long lost Sheikh and deliver the “amana.” Throughout the trip, he is guided by a mysterious spiritual master and the many friends of the Sheikh he encounters along the way. As the adventure unfolds, we discover the rich life of this Sheikh and his uncompromising love for humanity. For under his teachings, different beliefs, faiths, and ways of life can only converge and become one.Read More »

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