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It Snows at Sidi Bou Said

Fall Grants 2020 - Production Stage

Fatma Chérif / Feature Documentary / Tunisia, France, Qatar / 90 min / Original Language: Arabic / Interests: Creative Documentary


My relentless travels between Paris and Tunis provoke as many discussions with my children as questions inside me. This is a filmed diary. I embark on the journey of searching the images that nurtured me, and questioning the power they had over my life choices—family images in Super 8, political archives, and memories, all mingle. These images will summon a thwarted dream, that of participating in the democratic change in Tunisia, a past where colonization and Western dreams collide with a future inhabited by the fear of identity assignment.


Fatma Chérif
Fatma Chérif
Imed Marzouk, Fatma Chérif
Production Company
Propaganda Productions

About the Director

Born in 1975 in Tunisia, Fatma Cherif is a Franco-Tunisian director who has always had a foot in each country. She started as a camera assistant on fiction feature films with directors such as Moufida Tlatli, Ghassan Salhab, Bruno Dumont, Frédéric Wiseman, Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, Pascal Thomas, and Alain Gomis. She has filmed several documentaries by directors such as Hala Abdalla, Sarah Benillouche, Julia Durante, and Nadia El Fani. After participating in La Fémis Documentary Workshop in 2010, she made her first documentary ‘Sweet Home’ (Bent Eddar) which received the Brouillon d’un rêve grant from the SCAM and which was selected in several festivals including Amiens, Brussels, Arles, and Doc à Tunis. In 2015, she directed a documentary for TV5Monde and the History Channel on the question of the departure of Jews from Tunisia entitled ‘Tunisia, the Jewish memory’.


  • Main Contact

    Imed Marzouk

    Propaganda Productions

  • Main Contact

    Farès Ladjimi

    Supernova Films

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