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A Feature film by Khaled Ghorbal

Produced by Mandala Productions

Release in France : 27/02/2002


    One night Fatma, a teenager living in Sfax, is raped by her cousin.
    Although she decides to keep quiet about it, Fatma is far from resigned: she wins her first battle and goes to study in faraway Tunis.
    No longer held back by family constraints, Fatma’s life takes on a whole other dimension: she is free to question, discover, experience new things.
    She gets a job teaching in Soundous, a remote village, where she meets Aziz, a brilliant and open-minded doctor. Fatma wants to marry the man she loves and decides to get her hymen sewn together again.
    However, in a conventional and hostile society, their relationship puts Fatma and Aziz in a very dicey situation.

    Actors (6)

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    Mandala Productions

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    “This film is based on a true story. I wanted to make film that, like my country, could be understood on many levels. Fatma’s personality is shaped by her encounters with people and places. Tunisian women are still confronted with the urgent need to speak out. Speaking out is the best way to resist a nostalgic revival of practices that make women subservient. May this film be a modest contribution to that speaking out." Khaled Ghorbal

    Photos (3)

    Full credits (9)

    Executive Producer :

    Francine Jean-Baptiste

    Director of Photography :

    Jean-Luc Lhuillier

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Monica Donati

    Production Designer :

    Claude Bennys

    Costume designer :

    Nadia Anane

    Screenwriter :

    Khaled Ghorbal

    Sound Recordist :

    Hachmi Joulak

    Editor :

    Andrée Davanture

    Music Composer :

    Foued Ghorbal

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    Feature film

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    Minority French (Tunisia)

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    Runtime :

    2 h 4 min

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    Dolby SR

    Posters (1)


    Festival Selections

    FIFF - 2001

    FIFF (Belgium, 2001)


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