Ajyal Film Festival 2024

All Films

Wooden Hand (Yed Ellouh)

Hilal - ages 13+

Kaouther Ben Hania / Short Narrative / Tunisia / 2013 / 23 min / Colour / HDCAM
In Arabic / English subtitles
MENA Premiere


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 Directors

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
Melik Kochbati
Valentin Feron
Benjamin Violet
Hazem Berrabah
Sales Company
Elefanto Films
Production Company
Elefanto Films
Yasmine Ben Amara, Shiraz Fradi, Ahmed Hafiene, Fathi Heddaoui, Rafed Cheyada, Zied Kochbati

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