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A Haunted Past Fatma Riahi

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In her youth, filmmaker Fatma Riahi lived in Tunis with a family hosted by her mother: three little girls and their Bosnian mother, Marcida, whose Tunisian husband, Tawfiq, was serving a prison sentence for terrorism. Ten years after the family disappeared, Riahi sets out to find them. She learns that Tawfiq is now raising his girls in the countryside, and that Marcida abandoned them. The filmmaker meets the bitter young women, their dreams shattered, and the former jihadi, traumatized and enraged by his past experiences. Approaching her subjects’ sometimes-dubious perspectives and opinions frankly, she gradually unearths the secrets of lives reshaped by the complexities of international conflicts and state violence.

A Haunted Past

  • Country : Tunisia, Qatar
  • Year : 2018
  • V.O : Arabic
  • Subtitles : English
  • Duration : 90 MIN
  • Cinematography : Hatem Nechi
  • Editing : Najwa Khchemi
  • Production : Fatma Riahi, Muhammad Refaat
  • Sound Design : Ahmed Maalaoui
Filmography of Fatma Riahi :

Mashgoul (2010)
Tunisia: The Revolt Continues (2012)

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