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Sami Tlili / Feature Documentary / Tunisia, France, Qatar / 2018 / 90 min / Original Language: Arabic / Interests: Creative Documentary


In June of 1978, Tunisia entered the international football scene as the first African team ever to win a match in a final phase of the World Cup. The team arrived home and were hailed as heroes of the ‘Epic of Argentina’, their success helping somewhat the Tunisian people to forget they had just gone through one of the worst events in their history since independence. Just a few months before, tensions between the Only Party and the main trade union had led to confrontations on the streets. More than 500 people died in a single day, January 26th, 1978. ‘Black Thursday’ remains to date the bloodiest episode in contemporary Tunisian history, more so than the 2011 revolution. In 1978, a football team saved the regime and offered a relatively happy ending to a very black year.


Sami Tlili
Sami Tlili
Dora Bouchoucha
Production Company
Nomadis Images
Production Company
Nomadis Images

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.

Awards and Festival History


"JCC 2019 (WP)
Cairo IFF 2019"


  • Main Contact

    Lina Chaabane

    Nomadis Images
    +216 7174 9080

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