May 20, 2019

Six Tunisian Films to be Screened at Imphal

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With the aim of promoting and nurturing a good film culture in Manipur, six contemporary award winning feature films from Tunisia will be screened at Imphal on May 25 and 26, 2019.


The films at the 2-day Tunisian Film Festival, jointly organised by the Federation of Film Societies of India, FSM, with the support of Tunisian Embassy in New Delhi and the MSFDS, will be screened in the auditorium of the Manipur State Film Development Society (MSFDS).

The films to be screened on the first day are ‘Porto Farina’ (2019), directed by Ibrahim Letaief, ‘Mostafa’ (2017), directed by Nidhal Chatta and ‘Shattered Waves’ (2017), directed by Habib Nestiri.

‘Porto Farina’ was premiered on January 18, 2019, and tells the story of a man, Aly, in need of a child, refractory to adoption, is back in his native country to marry his first cousin. ‘Mostafa’ traces 24 hours of the life of an ordinary Tunisian, Mostafa, caught up with the absurdity of the system. He has a tumultuous relationship with his teenage son and his wife who blame him for his lack of ambition and his effaced nature. ‘Shattered Waves’ tells the story of a French army officer, who transmits information to the network of separatist activists, while ignoring the risks involved.

Films to be screened on the last day are ‘Whispering Sands’ (2018), directed by Nacer Khmir, ‘Visit’ (2014), directed by Nawfel Saheb Ettabaa and ‘Sweet Smell of Spring’ (2016), directed by Ferid Boughedir.

‘Whispering Sands’ is an encounter in the desert between a lady brought by the tragic past of her family and a guide who discovers, at the end, the dark future of his family. ‘Visit’ is a dreamlike journey of Youssef, a 30-year-old sick with amnesia. A girl leads him in front of the ‘House of the Light’ that recalls something in him. He researches the missing piece of memory. ‘Sweet Smell of Spring’ is a story of Aziz, nicknamed Zizou, a young unemployed graduate, who leaves his village located on the border of Sahara for Tunis, the capital, in quest of a job. He becomes installer of satellite dishes on house roofs. One day, while working on the terraces of the beautiful village of Sidi Bou Saïd, he falls madly in love with a girl, who seem to be locked up by a mafia group close to the regime.


All the films are subtitled in English. There will be interaction session on the films after screening.

The Federation of Film Societies of India is organizing the Tunisian Film festival at different cities of the country with the intention of propagating the film culture of Tunisia. The various cities are Kolkata, Jamshedpur, Imphal, Guwahati, Delhi, Chandigarh, Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Pondicherry, Madurai, Thiruvanathapuram, Kochi, Thrissur, among others.  

Prantik Deka
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