By Nadia EL FANI


Thriller - Completed 2002

A genius female computer hacker is on the run from French Intelligence having successfully broadcast Arabic messages across popular French TV channels. This Tunisian drama has its roots in the genre for fast-paced dramas/thrillers.

    • Year of production
    • 2002
    • Genres
    • Thriller, Comedy
    • Countries
    • Languages
    • Budget
    • 0.6 - 1 M$
    • Duration
    • 103 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Nadia EL FANI
    • Writer(s)
    • Nadia EL FANI
    • Synopsis
    • One of the reasons for Nadia El Fani to make Bedwin Hacker was that she wanted to provide a different angle on North African women, who are usually portrayed in films as victims. Protagonist Kalt and her girlfriends are strong, self-aware characters. For instance, the ambitious Frida has left her daughter with her husband, to embark on a career in music. These women drink, laugh and party and leave the men at home when they go out on the town. Kalt is a hacker who has her home base in an oasis in a mountainous area in southern Tunisia. From her apartment jammed full of computer equipment, she hijacks the frequencies of foreign television channels to broadcast messages in Arabic, signed by a moving cartoon character, a camel named Bedwin Hacker. In the meantime, the 'counter-hacking' department in Paris is hard at work. Julia, alias Agent Marianne, recognises the signature as that of her old rival Kalt. She uses her friend, the reporter Chams who is setting out on an assignment in Tunisia, to collect more information. Chams works without realizing it as a catalyst in the game of cat and mouse between the two women. This is the first time that a Tunisian production looks at a modern subject like computer hacking. But more than a technical film, Bedwin Hacker is a warm film about a close female friendship.