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Democracy Year Zero

Fall Grant 2012 - Post-Production Stage

Amira Chebli, Christophe Cotteret / Feature Documentary / Tunisia, Belgium, France, Qatar / 2013 / 114 min / Colour / Original Language: Arabic, English, French / Interests: Documentary


Four weeks. That is how long it took the Tunisian people to overthrow the dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and make way for one of the greatest geopolitical upheavals of the 21st century so far. But the Tunisian revolution, as unexpected and spontaneous as it seemed to the rest of the world, is part of a larger story. It encompasses the period from the uprising in the Gafsa mining region in 2008 until the first free elections in October, 2011. In two chapters and a full year of investigation, ‘Democracy Year Zero’ tells the story of these events and their global impact through the eyes of the actual protagonists of the revolution.


Amira Chebli, Christophe Cotteret
Amira Chebli, Christophe Cotteret
Habib Attia, Benoit Roland, Aida Minet

About the Director

Amira Chebli is from Tunisia. She trained as an actor at the École des Beaux-Arts in Tunis, and has worked in film and theatre in several Arab countries. She was a member of the General Union of Tunisian Students (UGET), and took part in the first Tunisian blogger movements, starting in 2006. She was also closely involved in the Tunisian revolution of 2011. ‘Democracy Year Zero’ is her first film as a co-director.

Christophe Cotteret is a theatre and video director. He spent the years 2002 through 2006 in Beirut and continues to work in several Arab countries. For 10 years, his projects have allowed him to explore the political and geopolitical particularity of Lebanon and the Arab world. ‘Democracy Year Zero’ is his first film. He is currently developing his next documentary, ‘Ennahda’, about the Tunisian Islamic political party. He lives in Brussels.

Awards and Festival History


Visions du Réel in 2013 in Etat d'Esprit (Switzerland)
Theatrical Release in 2014 (France)


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    Benoit Roland

    Entre Chien Et Loup

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