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Les épouvantails

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Director:
Nouri Bouzid
Production:
Mésanges Films, Lycia Productions, Samsa Film
Running Time:
98’
Language:
Arabic
Country:
Tunisia, Morocco, Luxembourg
Year:
2019
Main Cast:
Nour Hajri, Afef Ben Mahmoud, Joumene Limam, Mehdi Hajri, Sondos Belhassen, Fatma Ben Saïdane, Noomen Hamda
Screenplay:
Nouri Bouzid
Cinematographer:
Hatem Nechi
Editor:
Ghalya Lacroix, Seifedine Ben Salem, Hafedh Laridhi
Production Designer:
Fatma Madani
Costume Designer:
Nabila Cherif
Music:
Riadh Fehri
Sound:
Moez Cheikh
Visual Effects:
Montasser Ben Mahmoud

Synopsis

In late 2013, Zina and Djo, both in their twenties, come back to Tunisia from the Syrian front where they were sequestrated and raped. Zina was separated from her two-month-old child and Djo finds out she’s pregnant and plunges into mutism and expresses her Syrian horror only in the novel she is writing. Tunisian lawyer Nadia and Dora, a humanitarian doctor, assist them in their hard and lengthy reconstruction; impeded by the violence of their close circles, the harsh view on the social networks and their angst. Nadia, also Driss’ lawyer, a 21-year- old persecuted homosexual who’s been banned from all school establishments, asks him to help Zina in the hopes that their stirring meeting will allow them to open their black boxes, to assume themselves and stand up to the unjust society.

Director’s Statement

I wanted to make this film as testimony of the dark period Tunisia has experienced under the Islamist regime since the recent revolution. My aim is to break the silence around its isolated victims, and to lift the veil on this period. I have taken this opportunity to liberate this story from behind the walls that have encircled it since 2013. Les épouvantails cries out in opposition to the forgetfulness that surrounds those victims who embody the bad conscience of our nation. Thanks to the young producers who worked with me, this film has allowed me to find life in cinema once again.

Producers/Distributors

PRODUCTION 1: Mésanges Films
Bureau B2.2 immeuble Mac Krown, 2 rue du Lac Léman, Les Berges du Lac
1053 - Tunis, Tunisia
Tel. 00974 66 43 43 47
mesangesfilms@gmail.com
https://www.facebook.com/lesepouvantailsnouribouzid/

PRODUCTION 2: Lycia Productions
52 Boulevard Abdelmoumen Apt 142, Residence Al Manar
20000 – Casablanca, Morocco
Tel. 00974 664 88 191
lyciaprod@gmail.com

PRODUCTION 3: Samsa Film
238C rue de Luxembourg
L-8077 – Bertrange – Luxembourg
Tel. 352 45 19 601
jani@samsa.lu
http://www.samsa.lu

WORLD SALES:
MPM Premium - Quentin Worthington, quentin@mpmpremium.com


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