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ATUGE UK, Association of top Tunisian professionals in the UK, is introducing the first ever Tunisian Film Festival on 25-26 September at Rich Mix cinema, 35‑47 Bethnal Green road, London, E1 6LA.

This event will be hosted by South Social film festival, one of the most proactive events platforms in London.

It will pay tribute to Tunisian cinema, often referred to one of the most daring of all Arab cinemas.

We are proud to open the festival with the UK premiere of Bonne Mere (Good Mother) by Hafsia Herzi, which follows the story of a Tunisian mother in France who must fight for her family after her son’s arrest. This film is fresh from the Cannes Film Festival 2021, where it earned rave reviews and the ‘Un Certain Regard’ Ensemble Prize.

Following this, we will screen two films exploring a father’s relationship with their sons. Fatwa by Mahmoud Ben Mahmoud addresses the radicalisation of Tunisian youth through the eyes of a loving father searching for answers after the loss of his son. A Son by Mehdi M. Barsaoui follows a couple whose child is in need of a liver transplant after a terrorist ambush, prompting the revelation of a family secret which will change their lives.

The final two films cast a light on Tunisian politics from an unusual perspective. On The Crossbar by Sami Tlili is a documentary that draws a parallel between the Tunisian trade union clashing with the regime, and the Tunisian national football team’s near-victory at the FIFA World Cup in 1978. Eclipses by Fadhel Jaziri is a political thriller, set during the democratic transition in Tunisia intertwined with the discovery of a network of jihadist smugglers.

Over the weekend of 25-26 September, we will screen five films with a combination of in-person and virtual Q&As.

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