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Zaineb Hates the Snow

Fall Grant 2014 - Production Stage
Current project status: COMPLETED

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Kaouther Ben Hania / Feature Documentary / Tunisia, France, Lebanon, United Arab Emirates, Qatar / 2016 / 94 min / Colour / Original Language: Arabic / Interests: Coming of age, Social Issues, Immigration, Identity, Children, Creative Documentary


2009. Tunisian Nine-year-old Zaineb lost her father. Her mother will rebuild her life with a man in Canada. Zaineb was told that once she is there, she can finally see the snow! But she wants nothing to do with this new country, Because Zaineb has decided to hate the snow. Covering six years in the life of a charismatic young Tunisian girl and her changing family life, Zaineb Hates the Snow is a beautiful and poignant coming-of-age documentary told through the eyes of a wide-eyed little émigré.


Kaouther Ben Hania
Kaouther Ben Hania
Habib Attia

About the Director

Tunisian director Kaouther Ben Hania studied cinema in Tunisia and in Paris at La Fémis and the Sorbonne. She has directed several short films, including ‘Wooden Hand’ (2013), which had a lengthy and successful run on the international festival circuit. Her documentary film ‘Imams Go to School’ had its premiere at the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam in 2010 and was selected for numerous prestigious film festivals. ‘Challat of Tunis’, her first feature film, opened the ACID section of the Festival de Cannes in 2014. Her most recent film, ‘Zaineb Hates the Snow’, shot over years in Canada and Tunisia, premiered in the Official Selection of the Festival del Film Locarno in 2016, won a Golden Tanit at the Carthage Film Festival, and was named Best Documentary at Cinémed.

Production Company Profile

Since 1983, CINETELEFILMS has been one of the leading production companies in Tunisia and The Arab World by producing some of the biggest blockbusters in Tunisian and Arab cinema such as MAN OF ASHES, SILENCE OF THE PALACE, HALFAOUINE… Habib ATTIA, its managing director since 2007, produces narrative and documentary films dealing firstly with contemporary sociocultural issues. His latest ventures as main producer include ‘We Could Be Heroes’ (2018) premièred in HOTDOCS winning the Best international documentary award, ‘Beauty and The Dogs’ (2017) that premièred in Cannes UN CERTAIN REGARD official selection winning the Best sound creation award, ‘Writing on Snow’ (2017) opening film in Carthage Film Festival, ‘Zaineb Hates the Snow’ (2016), which premièred in Locarno and won Golden Tanit in Carthage Film Festival, ‘Challat of Tunis’ (2014), which opened the Acid Programme in Cannes Film Festival, won the Best First Film award in FIFF Namur.

Awards and Festival History


Locarno Film Festival 2016, Outside of Competition
Hot Docs Film Festival 2016, World Showcase
IDFA 2016, Panorama
CPH:DOX 2016
Luxor African Film Festival 2016
MedFilm Festival 2016
Dubai International Film Festival 2016, Arabian Nights


Tanit d'Or, Carthage Film Festival 2016


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