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My Father Killed Bourguiba (Abi Katala Bourguiba)

Qumra Projects

Fatma Riahi / Feature Documentary / Tunisia, Qatar
In Arabic
Interests: Documentary
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This film depicts the journey of director Fatma Riahi, in search of her father's story. A search that begins 15 years after his death and 33 years after his decision to be a part of a group that planned to overthrow the Tunisian regime of president Bourguiba in a military coup. Her father's dream of change turned their family and personal life upside down, and Fatma has since been beset by a multitude of increasingly pressing questions. A mother in her thirties herself, she is now trying to understand her father's choices at the same age and their impact on the little girl she was then and the woman she has become. This poetic, political and intimate story opens the memory box, flips through her father's notebooks and gives voice to his friends' testimonies. By using 2D animation, Fatma will recall the drawings she used to draw for and with her father. So many memories, images and stories to heal wounds, look back on what happened to him, her, the family and Tunisia and many others in the same situation—all the ones involved in struggles and conflicts they did not choose.

About the Director

Fatma Riahi studied cinema and television technologies at Manouba University in Tunisia. Her first short fiction, 'Busy', was her graduation project in 2008. She has worked as a producer/director on short and mid-length documentaries in Tunisia. In 2011, she joined Al-Jazeera Media Network as a producer in the production department. In 2015, she started working on her first feature film, 'A Haunted Past', selected at IDFA 2018 for their first appearance competition. It was also viewed in Hot Docs 2019, and RIDM 2019. 'A Haunted Past' won ANHAR Award for the best human rights film 2019 at KARAMA Film Festival, Amman, and The Bronze Tanit in JCC (Carthage Film Festival) 2019 and a special mention in Zurich Arab Film Festival 2019. Currently, Fatma is working on her second feature, 'My Father killed Bourguiba'.


Fatma Riahi
Fatma Riahi
Erige Sehiri

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