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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
San Sebastian International Film Festival, Spain
Cannes Film Festival, France
Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), UAE
Malmo Arab Film Festival (MAFF), Sweden
Vancouver International Film Festival, Canada
Busan International Film Festival, South Korea
Venice International Film Festival, Italy
MedFilm Festival, Italy
Festival International du Film d'Amiens, France
Tampere Film Festival, Finland
Festival Film Dokumenter (FFD) Yogyakart, Indonesia
Durban International Film Festival, South Africa
Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF), USA
Franco-Arab Film Festival, Jordan
International Arab Film Festival Zurich, Switzerland
Sarajevo Film Festival, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Traverse City Film Festival, USA
Festival International du Film Francophone de Namur, Belgium
Beirut International Film Festival, Lebanon
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)