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My Father Killed Bourguiba

Spring Grants 2021 - Development Stage
Current project status: DEVELOPMENT

Fatma Riahi / Feature Documentary / Tunisia, Qatar / 47 min / Original Language: Arabic / Interests: Creative Documentary


‘My Father Killed Bourguiba’ depicts my journey as a woman in quest of her father’s history. A search that started 15 years after his death and 33 years after he decided to be part of a team that planned to overthrow the Tunisian regime in a military coup. Confusion dwelled deep inside me, with so many questions that I can no longer hide secret. Now that I am a mother in her mid-thirties, I am trying to understand the choice my father made when he was my age. Using an intimate, poetic narration, I will dive into a memory box that is full of family photos, prison letters we were exchanging and notebooks in which my father used to write down everything he learnt from prison and beyond. This may lead to an answer to understand everything that happened to me, my family and Tunisia during a third of a century.


Fatma Riahi
Fatma Riahi

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', which was selected in IDFA 2018 for the 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 in 2019 at KARAMA Film Festival – Amman, and The Bronze Tanit in JCC (Carthage Film Festival) 2019 and the special mention at the Zurich Arab film festival 2019. Now, Fatma is working on her second feature, 'My Father killed Bourguiba', which is in the development stage.


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    Fatma Riahi

    Aljazeera Documentary Channel

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