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Challat of Tunis

Director: Kaouther Ben Hania
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This mockumentary highlights the presence of misogyny in the Tunisian society before the revolution through the phenomenon of the Challat, aka “The Blade”, a man on a motorbike who used to slash women’s buttocks with a razor blade on the streets of Tunis.
Had sold-out screenings in Tunisian theaters.
The only Arab film selection at the 2012 San Sebastian International Film Festival.
It was presented at the Association for Independent Cinema (ACID) program of the Cannes Film Festival.
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2013/ Tunisia89 min/ Mystery, Docufiction
Original Title
Le Challat du Tunis
SYNOPSIS
The film follows the journey of a filmmaker who investigates the mystery behind a man who slashes women with a razor blade on the streets of Tunisia in 2003.
CAST
Jallel Dridi
Moufida Dridi
Mohamed Slim Bouchiha
CREW
Screenwriter: Kaouther Ben Hania
DOP: Sofian El Fani
Editor: Nadia Ben Rachid
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Production Company(ies)
Cinétéléfilms
Sister Productions
Six Island Productions
Charbon Studio
Lylo Media Group
Producer(s)
Habib Attia
Julie Paratian
Paul Scherzer
film festivals
film festivals San Sebastian International Film Festival, Spain
film festivals Cannes Film Festival, France
film festivals Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), UAE
film festivals Malmo Arab Film Festival (MAFF), Sweden
film festivals Vancouver International Film Festival, Canada
film festivals Busan International Film Festival, South Korea
film festivals Venice International Film Festival, Italy
film festivals MedFilm Festival, Italy
film festivals Festival International du Film d'Amiens, France
film festivals Tampere Film Festival, Finland
film festivals Festival Film Dokumenter (FFD) Yogyakart, Indonesia
film festivals Durban International Film Festival, South Africa
film festivals Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF), USA
film festivals Franco-Arab Film Festival, Jordan
film festivals International Arab Film Festival Zurich, Switzerland
film festivals Sarajevo Film Festival, Bosnia and Herzegovina
film festivals Traverse City Film Festival, USA
film festivals Festival International du Film Francophone de Namur, Belgium
film festivals Beirut International Film Festival, Lebanon
film awards
film awards Bayeurd’or Award at the Festival International du Film Francophone de Namur, Belgium
Best Documentary Award at the Beirut International Film Festival, Lebanon
French Union of Film Critics Award at the Festival International du Film d'Amiens, France
Discovery Award for Best New Director at the Traverse City Film Festival, USA
Quotes
“Mockumentaries generally have culturally specific elements that play best to local audiences, and Kaouther Ben Hania’s hilarious and acerbic “Challat of Tunis” is a prime example.” Jay Weissberg - Variety

“playful blend of real and fake documentary” Stephen Dalton - The Hollywood Reporter

“Ben Hania’s Challat of Tunis... uniquely mixes reality with jolly fiction” Maha ben Abdalazeem - France 24 (Arabic)