Tunisian Cinema
Beauty and the Dogs

La Belle et la Meute

Saturday, December 7, 2019
FIAF Florence Gould Hall

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