The "Tunisian spring" began ten years ago: the local cinema scene has taken the momentum with Arab spring.


The "New World View" stage at the 17th Zurich Film Festival presents a new wave of Tunisian film industry. Riding on the wave of the Arab spring, they fearlessly face pressing issues and show urgent stories about a society caught between old and the new world, trading and a spirit of awakening.

NOURA RÊVE / NOURA'S DREAM | Drama | Tunisia, Belgium, France, 2019

Director: Hinde Boujemaa

Cast: Hend Sabri, Lotfi Abdelli, Hakim Boumsaoudi, Imen Cherif, Saif Dhrif, Jamel Sassi

While her eccentric husband Jamel is once again in the prison, Noura dreams of a future with her beloved Lassad. The divorce has already been filed when the jealous Jamal is unexpectedly discharged – and extramarital affairs are banned by law in Tunisia. Noura's Dream is an appealing drama about a sympathetic yet stubborn working-class woman who fights for self-determination.

ZFF: "Extramarital affairs are forbidden by law in Tunisia and Jamal's jealousy knows no limits, Noura now faces a huge problem."


THE MAN WHO SOLD HIS SKIN | Drama | Tunisia, France, Germany, Belgium, Sweden, Turkey, Cyprus, 2020

Director: Kaouther Ben Hania

Cast: Yahya Mahayni, Dea Liane, Koen de Bouw, Monica Bellucci, Saad Lostan

An artist makes Sam, a Syrian refugee, an uncommon offer: the freedom to see the world if he gives up his body for tattoo art in return. Sam, who is aching to see the love of his life again, has a visa tattooed on his back, but must now also be on permanent call as an art object for exhibitions. ZFF: A provocative look at elitism in the arts and the apathy of the Western world towards the refugee crisis.

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