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Mehdi Hmili / Feature Narrative / Tunisia, Qatar / 0 min / DCP2K
In Arabic / English subtitles
Interests: Drama, Social Issues, Family
Rated: Mature subject matter. Not suitable for minors. Individuals under the age of 18 are not admitted into cinemas.

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Amel works in a factory in Tunis. She lives with her alcoholic husband Tahar, a former local football star, and their only son Moumen, a talented teenage football player. To convince the boss of the factory to provide her with connections for her son, Amel betrays her fellow workers, who have been organising a strike. Amel meets the connection: Adel, a corrupt, wealthy businessman of ex-president Ben Ali’s era, who takes advantage of the situation and abuses Amel. She surrenders to his advances in order to offer her son the opportunity of a lifetime. When the police catch them, the scandal goes viral, and Amel is imprisoned, accused of adultery and prostitution. After her release, she searches for Moumen in the lower depths of Tunis. During her journey, Amel has to face the fall of Tunisian society.

About the Director

Mehdi Hmili was born in Tunis and graduated from the Paris Film School. While in France, he directed his trilogy in black-and-white about love and exile: ‘X-Moment’ (2009), ‘Li-La’ (2011) and ‘The Night of Badr’ (2012). His first feature-length film, ‘Thala mon amour’ (2015), a drama that takes place in the city of Thala during the Tunisian Revolution, was part of the official selection of the Carthage, Rome and Torino Film Festivals. Hmili is also a popular poet in Tunisia, known for his poems against the regime of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. A former football player, Hmili recounts his own story in ‘Solo’, his second feature-length film currently in development.


Mehdi Hmili
Mehdi Hmili
Moufida Fedhila
Production Company
Yol Film House
Rachida Brakni, Abel Jafri, Hichem Yacoubi, Ghanem Zrelli


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