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Beauty And The Dogs

Aala Kaf Ifrit / الجميلة والكلاب

2017, Kaouther Ben Hania, Tunisia, 100 min. With Mariam Al Ferjani, Ghanem Zrelli.

Show Times

  • Fri, May 18th 2:00pm
  • Fri, May 18th 8:00pm
  • Sat, May 19th 8:15pm
  • Sun, May 20th 5:00pm
  • Mon, May 21st 8:00pm
  • Wed, May 23rd 8:00pm
  • Thu, May 24th 8:00pm
First Chicago run!

"A tremendously powerful piece of cinema...There are many films out there about rape, but few come anywhere close to the impact of this one." - Jennie Kermode, Eye for Film

"Anyone looking for strong female voices from North Africa would do well to take note of this picture and its very promising director...In the central role, Al Ferjani is utterly compelling." - Wendy Ide, Screen Daily

Mariam (Al Ferjani), a buxom young Tunisian woman in a revealing dress, makes her way through a dorm party and exits with a young man (Zrelli) she has just met. In the next shot, we see her disheveled and fleeing in terror, with the young man close behind her. We soon learn that she has been raped, not by the young man, but by a group of policemen, and that the rape (which is never shown) is just the beginning of her night-long ordeal. Attempting to report the crime, she is shuffled by indifferent officials from one hospital to another and then to the police station of the very men who raped her. They will stop at nothing to get her to drop the charges, and Mariam's growing determination to speak out drives them to more extreme measures. The film is divided into nine chapters, each shot in a sinuous long take that immerses us in the maze of Mariam's entrapment, until a cut jolts us into the midst of her next predicament. In her third film, rising director Ben Hania (LE CHALLAT DE TUNIS) cannily yokes the compelling momentum of a girl-on-the-run stalker film to an incisive critique of a recently liberalized Tunisian society that has not yet shaken off the bad habits instilled by patriarchy and dictatorship. In Arabic with English subtitles. DCP digital widescreen. (MR)

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