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Kaouther Ben Hania / Feature Narrative / Tunisia, France, Sweden, Norway, Lebanon, Switzerland, Germany, Qatar / 2017 / 104 min / Colour / DCP2K
In Arabic / English subtitles
Interests: Drama, Social Issues, Based on a True Story, Identity, Women Issues
Rated: Mature subject matter. Not suitable for minors. Individuals under the age of 18 are not admitted into cinemas.

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Mariam is a young Tunisian student, beautiful like a flower. One night, all she wants to do is dance in the disco with its shimmering lights, and get to know Youssef, a young man who was staring at her. But something terrible breaks her wings. Three policemen catch her on the beach, outside the nightclub, kissing Youssef. Claiming a routine check, they extort money from Youssef and rape Mariam repeatedly. Despite the trauma and pain, Mariam is adamant: she wants to file a complaint before the evidence of the abuse that has stained her body disappears... Supported by the young man she just met, Mariam embarks in a showdown against all the guardians of the set order, fighting for her most basic right: the right to transcribe in black and white in an official report the facts of the crime that will allow her to prosecute the aggressors. Her task is to face the coldness of bureaucracy and the dishonesty of law enforcement. Filing suit will become for Mariam a matter of honour, integrity and tenacity.

About the Director

Tunisian director Kaouther Ben Hania studied cinema in Tunisia and in Paris at La Fémis and the Sorbonne. She has directed several short films, including ‘Wooden Hand’ (2013), which had a lengthy and successful run on the international festival circuit. Her documentary film ‘Imams Go to School’ had its premiere at the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam in 2010 and was selected for numerous prestigious film festivals. ‘Challat of Tunis’, her first feature film, opened the ACID section of the Festival de Cannes in 2014. Her most recent film, ‘Zaineb Hates the Snow’, shot over years in Canada and Tunisia, premiered in the Official Selection of the Festival del Film Locarno in 2016, won a Golden Tanit at the Carthage Film Festival, and was named Best Documentary at Cinémed.


Kaouther Ben Hania
Kaouther Ben Hania
Habib Attia, Nadim Cheikhrouha
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Meriam El Ferjani, Ghanem Zrilli, Chedli Arfaoui


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