Dir. Kaouther Ben Hania, 2017, 100 min, DCP
With Mariam Al Ferjani, Ghanem Zrelli, Noomen Hamda
In Arabic with English subtitles
When Mariam, a young Tunisian woman, is raped by police officers after leaving a party, she is propelled into a harrowing night in which she must fight for her rights even though justice lies on the side of her tormentors.
Employing impressive cinematic techniques and anchored by a tour-de-force performance from newcomer Mariam Al Ferjani, Kaouther Ben Hania’s Beauty and the Dogs tells an urgent, unapologetic, and important true story head-on. A rare, startling film from a female Tunisian director, it’s a striking critique on a repressive society and a forcefully feminist rallying cry.
Beauty and the Dogs was nominated for the Prix Un Certain Regard at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.
“An emotional rollercoaster and socio-political tract rolled into one.” — The Hollywood Reporter