french films > Fatma



cast: Awatef Jendoubi, Nabila Guider, Bagdadi Aoum, Amel Safta

year: 2001

colour: yes

certificate: 18

director: Khaled Gorbal

runtime: 124

Drama This film has been nominated for the Sutherland Trophy A picture of women’s position in Tunisia through the life of Fatma who has been raped by her cousin at 17. She hides the incident and her pain. She goes to college in Tunis and becomes a teacher in a small village. As she falls in love with a youhng doctor, she faces the difficult decision about revealing her past. Fatma’s story shows the tension between the pull of traditional expectations versus modern ideas of freedom and self determination. Really worth watching.


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