Cursed Be the Phosphate
Spring Grant 2012
Current project status: COMPLETED
On 5 January 2008, a sit-in organised by a group of unemployed youths in front of the town hall of Redeyef, Tunisia, marked the beginning of a movement of civil dissent that lasted six months. Twenty-one years after the ‘medical coup d’état’ that brought General Ben Ali to power, he is confronted with his first popular uprising. Those involved in the uprising are Moudhaffer, Bechir, Adnene, Leila and Adel. They are teachers, the unemployed and young people in despair. Some ventured onto the streets to shout their wrath; others were there to support the silenced voices that should have been heard.
- Sami Tlili
- Sami Tlili
- Dora Bouchoucha, Habib Attia
About the Director
Sami Tlili is studying for a PhD in Humanities. He holds a Master’s degree in French Literature from the University Paris 13 and trained in directing documentaries at Les Ateliers Varan in Paris. His debut feature-length documentary, ‘Cursed Be the Phosphate’ (2012), won the Black Pearl Award for Best Documentary from the Arab World at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival.
Production Company Profile
Nomadis Images is a Tunisian audiovisual production company. Its main activities include producing short and feature-length fiction films, documentaries and commercials, and providing services and training to filmmakers. The company’s filmography includes Sami Tlili’s ‘Cursed Be the Phosphate’ (2012); Hinde Boujemaa’s ‘It Was Better Tomorrow’ (2012); Raja Amari’s ‘Buried Secrets’ (2009), ‘Satin Rouge’ (2002) and ‘Foreign Body’ (2016); and Mohamed Ben Attia’s ‘Hedi’ (2016).
Since 1983, Cinétéléfilms has been one of the leading production companies in Tunisia and the Arab world. Its latest films have premiered at festivals in Cannes, Locarno, Toronto and Venice, and have been distributed in several countries. Habib Attia has been the managing director of the company since 2007. Working in a context of international coproduction, Attia develops new fiction and documentary projects dealing primarily with contemporary socio-cultural issues.
Awards and Festival History
Abu Dhabi Film Festival 2012, in Documentary Competition (UAE)Awards
Won the Best Film from the Arab World Abu Dhabi Film Festival 2012 (UAE)