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Filmography - African Feature Films

Titles available on DVD and streaming video as of June 2018

African Feature Films - Tunisia

Titles available on DVD and streaming video as of June 2018. 

Most streaming videos listed are available exclusively to AU students, staff and faculty after an online authentications by AUID#.

This is a selective list of video holdings in the American University Library. Filmographies are created by doing multiple keyword searches in the catalog to capture as many titles on a topic as possible. For complete up-to-date holdings (including VHS tapes) please refer to the library catalog (www.american.edu/library/mediaservices/).

 

As I open my eyes. 2015, 1 videodisc (102 min.).  Farah, eighteen years old, has just graduated and her family already sees her as a future doctor. She doesn't think the same way. She sings in a political rock band. She has a passion for life, gets drunk, discovers love and her city by night against the will of her mother Hayet, who knows Tunisia and its dangers too well. TUNISIA.   DVD 13877

Baba `Aziz: le prince qui contemplait son âme. 2006, 1 videodisc (95 min.).  "The story of a blind dervish named Bab'Aziz and his spirited granddaughter, Ishtar. Together they wander the desert in search of a great reunion of dervishes that takes place just once every thirty years. With faith as their only guide, the two journey for days through the expansive, barren landscape. To keep Ishtar entertained, Bab'Aziz relays the ancient tale of a prince who relinquished his realm. As the tale of the prince unfolds, the two encounter other travelers with stories of their own"--Container. TUNISIA.  DVD 15042

Bent Keltoum = Keltoum's daughter. 2001, 1 videodisc (100 min.). "A young Swiss woman travels to her birthplace - an isolated, barren Berber settlement in the mountainous desert landscape of Algeria - to find her biological mother, who she has never met. The perilous journey immerses her in a world virtually untouched by contemporary society, one that still clings to tribal mores and strict religious codes of conduct" -- Container. "A young Swiss woman travels to her birthplace - an isolated, barren Berber settlement in the mountainous desert landscape of Algeria - to find her biological mother, who she has never met. The perilous journey immerses her in a world virtually untouched by contemporary society, one that still clings to tribal mores and strict religious codes of conduct."--Container. FRANCE, TUNISIA.  DVD 5608 

Halfaouine. 1990, 1 online resource (1 video file, approximately 98 min.).  A charming tale of a young boy's sexual awakening in Muslim Tunisia. Boughedir's style is sensual and full of joy, celebrating the pleasures of everyday life. TUNISIA.  DVD 732 and Streaming video.
https://american.kanopy.com/node/114112 

Laèicitâe, inch'Allah! = Neither Allah, nor master! 2011, 1 videodisc (71 min.).  "[A] cinematic exploration of secularism in the Muslim country of Tunisia before and after the deposition of dictator Ben Ali. Made at the height of the 2010-2011 revolutions in North Africa, [this film] has proven it made the director the target of extremist death threats...Officially, Tunisia is not an Islamic nation. But over and over, [director] El Fani meets Tunisians who mistakenly believe that it is illegal to serve alcohol to Arabs, break the fast during Ramadan, or practice a religion other than Islam. In these encounters, she sees troubling signs that Tunisia may be becoming less tolerant of non-Islamic beliefs...[This film] documents Tunisians resisting religious ideology and fighting for a secular state in their everyday lives." -- Container. TUNISIA / FRANCE. DVD and Streaming video. http://proxyau.wrlc.org/login?url=http://docuseek2.com/v/a/f8

Le chant des mariées = The wedding song. 2008, 1 videodisc (100 min.).  Two 16-year-old girls have an intense friendship while living in Nazi-occupied Tunis in 1942. Nour is a Muslim who eagerly anticipates her wedding to a handsome cousin. Myriam is a French Jew who is furiously resisting her betrothal to a much older doctor. However, his money is needed by her family to pay fines imposed by the Nazis. FRANCE / TUNISIA.  DVD 7288.

Les chevaux de Dieu. 2013, 1 videodisc (115 min.). A fictional account of the lives of the men responsible for the suicide bombings in Casablanca in 2003. Ten year-old Yachine and his thirteen-year-old brother Hamid live in the slums. Hamid works hard to support his family, but eventually gets in with the wrong crowd and goes to prison.  After years in jail, Hamid returns home an Islamic fundamentalist. He persuades Yachine and his pals to join him. Their spiritual leader trains them and one day he tells them they have been chosen to become martyrs. On May 16th 2003, they commit the deadliest act of terrorism in Morocco's history. FRANCE / BELGIUM / TUNISIA / MOROCCO.  DVD 11698.

Moolaadé. 2004, 2 videodiscs (124 min.). Set in a small village, four young girls face ritual "purification" decide to flee to the household of Collâe Ardo Gallo Sy, a strong-willed woman who has managed to shield her own teenage daughter from the mutilation. Collâe invokes the time-honored custom of moolaadâe (sanctuary) to protect the fugitives, and tension mounts as the ensuing stand-off pits Collâe against village traditionalists. This endangers the prospective marriage of her daughter to the heir-apparent to the tribal throne. SENEGAL / BURKINA FASO / MOROCCO / TUNISIA / CAMEROON / FRANCE.  DVD 3862.

Samt al-qusur = The silences of the palace. 1994, 1 videodisc (127 min.).  As Alia, the daughter of a beautiful servant, Khedija, grows up in the king's palace at the end of the French colonial rule in Tunisia, she realizes the sexual favors required of her mother and other servants, as she, herself, is misused by those in power around her. Women had to live in silence, a silence so profound, they may come to doubt their own past -- even their own existence -- yet they survived these political realities with courage, fellowship, and the resources of their bodies. TUNISIA / FRANCE. DVD 11733.

Satin rouge. 2002, 1 videodisc (95 min.). A Tunisian widow embarks on a journey of self-discovery when she is drawn to the world of cabaret belly dancers. FRANCE / TUNISIA.  DVD 6175.

Un été à La Goulette = A summer in La Goulette. 1996. 1 videodisc (100 min.).  Youssef is a Muslim, Jojo is Jewish and Giuseppi is an Italian Catholic, and they are best of friends until each of their daughters swears to lose their virginity by a certain date. To make matters worse, each daughter sets her sights on a boy of a different religion, thus challenging an inviolable taboo and causing a rift between their fathers. As the families resolve their differences, the Six Day War breaks out in the Middle East, which will divide Jews and Arabs the world over. TUNISIA. DVD 3887.