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My Friend Gadhgadhi

Fall Grants 2016 - Development Stage

Rafik Omrani / Feature Documentary / Tunisia, Lebanon, Qatar / Original Language: Arabic / Interests: Animation, Politics, Social Issues, Docufiction, Creative Documentary


A few days after the assassination of left-wing Tunisian militant Chokri Belaïd in early 2013, the Tunisian media started to talk about a prime suspect: a certain Kamel Gadhgadhi. Two weeks later, director Rafik Omrani stumbles upon a picture of the alleged killer. To Omrani’s great surprise, Gadhgadhi is a friend from his university days. A kind of patchwork emerges, one that defines a more finely textured image of Gadhgadhi… Tuesday, 4 February, 2014: The Tunisian Minister of the Interior announces that Gadhgadhi was killed during security operations.


Rafik Omrani
Rafik Omrani
Production Company
Majez Films
Production Company
Majez Films

About the Director

Rafik Omrani is a director and film editor who resides in Tunisia. He began his career with marketing and communication oriented scholarship, then accumulated experience in fiction, documentary and short animation filmmaking in parallel with his work as financial director. In 2011, he decided to devote himself entirely to cinema. ‘Fallega 2011’ (2011), his first medium-length documentary film, was shown at numerous international festivals, demonstrations and art institutions around the world, and won five awards including the First Work Award from the the Tetouan International Mediterranean Film Festival and the Osman Sanban Award from the Festival of African Cinema in Marseille. ‘White Doves’, his first feature-length documentary, was produced in 2016. Omrani has produced a number of documentaries for television and for the benefit of many Tunisian and international organisations. In 2012, he was elected a member of the executive board of the Association of Tunisian Filmmakers.


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