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In Tunisia, racist sex, racism, King Amari ‘he is a dream’

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Netflix’s “Knock Out House” featuring Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Ilhan Omar, have been the subject of a number of recent documentaries on Ilhan Omar, challenging gender stereotypes and going to political offices in the United States. . But these representative battles are not just the preservation of the United States, such as Tunisian director Raja Amari’s latest essay, “He Dreamed a Dream,” a documentary world premiere in the IDF’s frontline section that follows 25-year-old Ghofren Bins as he marches on the 2015 Tunisian legislature. Become a candidate.

Director Amari, most recently a member of the short film documentary jury at the El Gouna Film Festival, is best known for two narrative films starring Hiam Abbas: 2002’s “Red Satin”, in which Abbas transformed from a housewife to a cabaret star and into the 2016s. “Foreign Agency”, where the Palestinian actress plays a French widow who accepts an unregistered Tunisian refugee. He said Amari’s decision to make an observational documentary about an election campaign in Tunisia came biologically, he said. “I was talking to Sintav, a production company dealing with the social and political situation of women, and they were interested in making a film about Tunisia.”

The timing was important. He recalls, “We are approaching the tenth anniversary of the Arab Spring in the West and the so-called‘ revolution ’in Tunisia, and at first I wanted to make a film about marriage, dreams and expectations in this context. I also wanted to tell the story of black women in Tunisia, because I felt they had somehow forgotten. “

While on the board of France in the Senate and Art, Amari came to Sadia Mosbah, a supporter of the criminalization of racism in Tunisia in 2018, and an organization founded by Maniti, and recognized the country’s abolition of slavery as a national holiday on January 23. 1846. Mosbah introduced him to American worker Binos, who had previously worked as a flight attendant, and became a global headline when a passenger insulted him. As a result, the anti-apartheid laws in Tunisia were enacted.

Amari was thrilled to see the fact that he had found a black Tunisian woman who was going to marry a light-skinned man and didn’t even think about filming. Then, when Amari set the camera to rotate, “Ghofren told me, I’m not going to get married anymore, I’m going into politics.” Amari was fascinated, took a minute and realized that it would point in a more exciting direction for her film. “I wanted to talk about politics indirectly, but now I have to deal with it. I followed him on this journey during and after the election campaign. ”

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The film manages to entertain as well as inform. The documentary does not give a glorious history or overall perspective on Tunisian democracy – but only through Binos’s conversations do we learn more about democracy and elections in the country where the Arab Spring began. It is the only country in North Africa that has been peacefully and successfully transformed into a democratic parliamentary system by elected officials. No one but Michael Moore considered the transition so successful that in his “Whit to the Next” film, he praised the Tunisian parliament’s laws on gender equality and women’s rights.

Although Amari reminds us that Moore’s film is about the situation as it was a few years ago, he agrees that “Tunisia is a bit different from other countries in the Arab world. We have very progressive laws towards women included in the constitution after the revolution. But now, little by little, the practice of politics has shown some limitations. The last election, for example, highlighted the decline in the number of women in parliament and the depth of the patriarchal system. The picture shows that democracy is a long and painful process. “

“She was a dream” also highlights how racism has remained a major issue that has not simply disappeared because of the 2018 law. “Somehow, our colonial attitude has become internalized where the norm is white people,” Amri argued. “For generations, the positive aspects of our answer have been talked about. Tunisia also has a history of slavery and the problem of racism is very taboo, if you ask any Tunisian on the street, they will argue that there is no problem with racism. “My film is screened otherwise.

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