Around Town: Zizou by Ferid Boughedir

Sat, May 6, 2017 3:30 pm at Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center

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Alwan for the Arts co-presents the New York premiere of Zizou by Ferid Boughedir as part of the 24th New York African Film Festival.

Zizou l Ferid Boughedir l Tunisia/France l 2016 l 99 minutes

In Arabic and French with English subtitles

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Please see NYAFF program for schedule and tickets.

Film Synopis:

In Boughedir's tale of an unlikely hero, young college graduate Aziz, nicknamed Zizou, leaves his village on the border of Sahara for the capital in search of a job. After he becomes a satellite-dish installer, interacting with people from all walks of life, he falls madly in love with a young woman who has ties to a mafia group working closely with the government regime. His quest to set her free becomes his reason for living, and he proceeds unconsciously into the growing tide of a revolution about to wash over Tunisia.

About the filmmaker:

Director, critic and film historian, Ferid Boughendir was born in Hammam Lif, Tunisia. One of Africa's and the Arab World's best known critics and author of numerous books, Boughedir began by making two documentaries about the new cinema emerging from these regions: Camera d'Afrique and Camera arabe, which were presented in the Official Selection at Cannes. His first fictional work, Halfaouine: Boy of the Terraces, was screened in 1991 at Cannes to acclaim from critics and audiences alike, and remains to this day, the biggest success in Tunisian film. A Summer in La Goulette, in competition in Berlin (1996), also won many awards. A passionate lover of film, Boughedir became Delegate, then Director of the oldest Pan-African festival, the Carthage Film Festival. He finished Villa Jasmin (2008), co-produced by France 3 and Arte.

Last updated: 2017-05-05 14:20:07

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