Dora BOUCHOUCHA (NOMADIS IMAGES), Habib ATTIA (CINETELEFILMS)
On January 5th 2008, a sit in organised by a group of unemployed youths in front of the Town Hall of Redeyef, in the South West of Tunisia, marks the beginning of a movement of civil dissent, which lasted six months. Twenty-one years after the « medical coup d’état » which brought him to power; General Ben Ali is confronted to his first popular uprising. Their names are Moudhaffer, Bechir, Adnene, Leila, Adel or Haroun. They are teachers, unemployed, young people in despair. Some went out on the streets to shout their wrath, others were there to support these young people whose claims they believed to be legitimate. . They all ended up in an unprecedented popular movement in the contemporary history of Tunisia, which was called ‘revolt for dignity’ It happened in the mining Basin, the land of phosphate where the equation is simple and absurd: the phosphate is produced by the region that experiences all the consequences (ecological and other) without taking advantage of it. Four years later, what remains of this human adventure? Broken souls, open wounds but also pride and dignity.
Partners & financing
Nomadis Images, coproducer
Ministry of Culture, production grant
Tunisian Television, Presale
Screen Institute Beirut, Grant