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Wooden Hand (Yed Ellouh)

Hilal - ages 13+ - Ajyal Youth Film Festival 2014

Kaouther Ben Hania / Short Narrative / Tunisia / 2013 / 23 min / Colour / HDCAM / In Arabic / English subtitles / MENA Premiere
Rated: Parental guidance is advised for viewers under the age of 13. Individuals under the age of 13 are not admitted into cinemas unless accompanied by an individual aged 18 or older.

Synopsis

Amira doesn’t like going to kottab to learn the Holy Qur’an, because she has a mean teacher and the other children make fun of her. She comes up with a plan to make sure she doesn’t have to attend her class ... but things don’t go exactly as she expected. Amusing and touching, ‘Wooden Hand’ celebrates the spontaneity of young minds – and shows, too, that there are useful lessons to be learned in making mistakes.

About the Director

Kaouther Ben Hania was born in Tunisia. She studied cinema at EDAC, at La Fémis and at the Sorbonne. Her filmography includes ‘Me, My Sister and the Thing’ (short, 2006); ‘Wooden Hand’ (short, 2013); ‘Imams Go to School’, which had its premiere at the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam in 2010; and the feature film ‘Challat of Tunis’ (2013), whcih was the opening film at ACID at the Festival de Cannes, was named Best First Film in Namur, and showed at festivals in San Sebastian, Busan and Antalya, among others. Ben Hania is currently shooting her second feature-length documentary, ‘Zaineb Hates the Snow’, and her second feature-length narrative, ‘I Hate My Life’.

Credits

Director
Kaouther Ben Hania
Screenwriter
Kaouther Ben Hania
Producer
Melik Kochbati
Editor
Valentin Feron
Music
Benjamin Violet
Cinematographer
Hazem Berrabah
Sales Company
Elefanto Films
Production Company
Elefanto Films
Cast
Yasmine Ben Amara, Shiraz Fradi, Ahmed Hafiene, Fathi Heddaoui, Rafed Cheyada, Zied Kochbati

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