South of Sudan
The film is the first feature by Tunisian director Raja Amari.
The film is about time passing, or about women's changeable character; as the widowed mother, with all her prejudices about life, discovers her own self and confronts people and a world that to her seems unhealthy and immoral.
- France89 min/ Drama
After the death of her husband, Lilia’s life revolves solely around her teenage daughter, Salma. Whilst looking for Salma late one night, Lilia stumbles upon a belly dance cabaret and though initially reserved and taken aback by the culture of the place, Lilia gets consistently drawn back to it. She befriends one of the belly dancers and is encouraged into dancing for the audience. Lilia also starts a romance with one of the cabaret’s musicians, who unbeknown to both of them, is also romancing Salma.
Hend El Fahem
Screenwriter: Raja Amari
DOP: Diane Baratier
Editor: Pauline Dairou
A.N.P.A. (Agence Nationale de Promotion de l'Audiovisuel)
Arte France Cinéma
Centre National de la Cinématographie (CNC)
Montréal World Film Festival, Canada
Seattle International Film Festival, USA
Torino Film Festival, Italy
Best African Film at the Montréal World Film Festival, Canada
New Director's Showcase at the Seattle International Film Festival, USA
Holden Award for Best Script (Special Mention) and Best Feature Film at the Torino Film Festival, Italy
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