Of the 12 fiction feature films in competition at this edition of the Carthage Film Days, five works were directed by women.
A Tunisian film Noura dream – dedicated to the difficulties of a mother to conquer her happiness despite a marriage undermined by violence – and two other films made by women were awarded at the Carthage Film Days Saturday, November 2 in Tunis.
Noura Dream, expected in theaters this month, is carried by two Tunisian stars, the Egyptian-based actress Hend Sabry, torn between husband and lover, and comedian Lotfi Adbelli, husband domineering looser. This film by director Hinde Boujemaa won the Golden Tanit of the thirtieth edition of the JCC, the supreme reward of this festival dedicated to Arab and African cinema. Hend Sabri also wins the Best Actress Award.[Embed] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCxb1sFrJ28 [/ embed]
Conjugal rape, infidelity, corruption and inaction of police officers: “we raise taboo topics to launch a social dialogue because in Tunisia and the Arab world we rarely talk about it”, explained to the press Hend Sabri. For MP Bochra Belhadj Hmida, the film evoked “violence against women in all its forms”, showing a “awareness” even if “The way is still long”.
Two other films worn by strong female characters were also awarded.
Atlantic, a Senegalese tale about the illegal migration seen by the women who stayed on the bank, whom the drowned come to haunt, received the Tanit of Silver. This film by Franco-Senegalese filmmaker Mati Diop was awarded the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival in May.[Embed] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7EhpO_C6bS4 [/ embed]
The Bronze Tanit was awarded to a first Saudi film, Scales, the fate of a young girl whom her father refuses to sacrifice to the sea according to ancestral tradition, and who becomes an outcast in resisting patriarchal superstitions. This black and white fable was directed by Shahed Ameen, the first Saudi filmmaker to present a film at the festival since its launch in 1966. “I want to emphasize that life is sacred, that it is more important than the imposed laws and traditions”said the director AFP. “It's a black and white film to show that this village is arid, lifeless, a village that refuses progress and focuses on retrograde customs”, She says. “Arab society persecutes women” but he “It's time for them to reconcile with themselves and confront obstacles.”