TCAFF: As I Open My Eyes
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Showings
St. Anthony Main Theatre 3Thu, Sep 29, 2016 7:00 PM Event Date Passed
 
Ticket Prices
General Public:$15.00
Members:$12.00
Student w/ID (Box Office Only):$12.00
Film Info
Original Title:À peine j'ouvre les yeux
Premiere Status:Minnesota Premiere
Program:Twin Cities Arab Film Festival
Hosted Events
Tags:Drama
Music
Coming-of-Age
Release Year:2015
Runtime:102 min
Awards:World Premiere, Toronto International Film Festival, Canada, 2015
Official Selection, Venice International Film Festival, Italy, 2015
Official Selection, Tribeca International Film Festival, New York, USA, 2016
Official Selection, Seattle International Film Festival, USA, 2016
Country:Tunisia
France
Belgium
UAE
Language:Arabic
French
with English subtitles
Website:Facebook Page
Trailer:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1hWLpPvTOI
Cast/Crew
Director:Leyla Bouzid
Producer:Sandra da Fonseca
Imed Marzouk
Cinematographer:Sébastien Goepfert
Screenwriter:Leyla Bouzid
Marie-Sophie Chambon
Editor:Lilian Corbeille
Composer:Khyam Allami
Description

PART OF MIZNA'S TWIN CITIES ARAB FILM FESTIVAL

Opening Film + Opening Night Celebration

Opening Night Celebration to take place following the film at Pracna, starting at 8:45pm.

As I Open My Eyes gives audiences a look at Tunisian youth on the eve of the Jasmine Revolution. Farah (Baya Medhaffar) is a young woman at a crossroads. Her medical-school application has just been accepted, and nothing would please her mother, Hayet (Ghalia Benali), more. But Farah's passion is for music and her underground band is just beginning to get noticed. Their music blends rock with daring lyrics that have the raw poetry of spoken word. However, when the police are alerted to the band's subversive performances, they begin to suffer harassment, and when Farah is detained and interrogated, she realizes someone in the band is a snitch. The film captures the disenchantment, fear, and rebellious mood of many young Tunisians before the revolution and offers an alternative representation of political change during the “Arab Spring.”


Director Biography

Leila Bouzid was born in Tunis and went to Paris in 2003 to study French literature at the Sorbonne University and film directing at the Femis School. She made Soubresauts, her thesis film in Tunisia, a few months before the Jasmine Revolution, followed by Zakaria, a film set in the south of France with a non-professional cast. These two short films received a very warm welcome in festivals in France and abroad, playing at more than sixty festivals and receiving a dozen awards. As I Open My Eyes is her first feature.


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TWIN CITIES ARAB FILM FESTIVAL

Mizna presents the eleventh Twin Cities Arab Film Festival in partnership with the Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul. The Arab Film Fest showcases modern Arab cinema, featuring debut screenings of independent narrative, documentary, and experimental features and shorts.