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Mohamed Ben Attia / Short Narrative / Tunisia, Germany, Qatar / 2013 / 20 min / Colour / HDCAM
In Arabic / Arabic, English subtitles
Interests: Social Issues
Rated: Mature subject matter which may not be suitable for minors. Parental guidance is strongly advised.Individuals under the age of 15 are not admitted into cinemas.



After the accidental death of her taxi-driver husband, Selma decides to become master of her own life by taking over his taxi. She comes up against the Kafkaesque procedures of Tunisian bureaucracy and the offhandedness of the insurance industry, but refuses to let go and is not intimidated by anything. With quiet determination, she also faces the conservatism of her in-laws who, under the pretext of morality, continue to dictate the way she should behave. In order to create a better future for her daughter but also for herself, Selma is locked in a daily struggle with the world around her.

About the Director

Mohamed Ben Attia was born in Tunis in 1976. He studied Audiovisal Communication at the University of Valenciennes in France after graduating from the Institut de Hautes Etudes Commerciales (IHEC) in Tunis in 1998. He has directed five short films, including ‘Kif Lokhrin’ (Silver award at FESPACO 2006), and ‘Selma’ (for which he received a Doha Film Institute grant).


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