Cinema Sees Revival in Post-revolution Tunisia


Tunisian filmmakers are making the most of newfound freedoms to tackle issues banished for decades from the silver screen, prompting a post-revolution cinema revival. "Since 2011, one of the most tangible benefits we've seen is the ability to talk about all topics, especially themes of society, our daily life, its complexity and its richness," said producer Habib Attia. "In cinema it pays to have that sincerity." Just two or three films a year were released during the 2000s, but the industry has rebounded since the 2011 uprising that toppled dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. A dozen feature films are now made each year and new cinemas are opening up. Some 200,000 people flocked to the cinema this year to watch "El Jaida" by filmmaker and activist Salma Baccar about the fight for women's rights in Tunisia. Such box office figures are the highest in 15 years.

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France 24