Review: ‘As I Open My Eyes’ is a fine Tunisian film

Farah is a fiery 18-year-old who wants to skip her chance go to medical school to study music and play in a band with her boyfriend. Hayet is her fiercely protective mother, who is having nothing of her daughter throwing away her future to chase her musical dream. That is pretty standard stuff. It soon becomes apparent that Farah’s music and her association with her band members is dangerous. Why?  “As I Open My Eyes” is set in Tunisia in 2010, and Farah and company are protest singers, dissenting against…

Strike at Euronews

Over the past 24 hours, 68 euronews employees based at the channel’s headquarters in Lyon, France, joined a strike against the management’s plans to slash jobs and change working conditions. That represents around 60 percent of those who were on rota to work in the newsroom during the course of the day. This move follows a no confidence vote last week organised by Euronews journalists and technicians against the current management by 205 to 34 (with 52 abstentions). It shows that there are many members of staff who are unhappy…

The Countries Where People Trust The News Most And Least

Amid a deluge of fake news stories, do people still believe what they hear on the radio, watch on television and read in their newspapers every morning? Fact and fiction are becoming increasingly blurred in global news columns with the U.S. presidential election in particular experiencing a flood of misinformation. Worryingly, a recent survey from Buzzfeed and Ipsos claimed that Americans are fooled by news headlines 75 percent of the time. The Reuters Institute For The Study Of Journalism recently released a report showing trust levels in news provision across different…

Tunisia: Hele Beji Wins French Acedemy’s Hervé Deluen Grand Prix

Tunisian female writer Hele Beji has been crowned winner of the famous French Academy Award Hervé Deluen Grand Prix for her exceptional efforts for the promotion of the French language. The 68 years old Tunisian scholar is founder and director of Collège international de Tunis. This daughter of Tunisian politician Mondher Ben Ammar, who had worked for UNESCO, authored several books including “Désenchantement national”, “L’Œil du jour”, “Une force qui demeure” and “Islam Pride.” She was celebrated in 1983 by peer writers as winner of Prix de l’Afrique méditerranéenne, awarded…

Record Number of Journalists Jailed in 2016, Press Advocacy Group Says

At least 81 journalists are imprisoned in Turkey, all of them facing anti-state charges, in the wake of an unprecedented crackdown that has included the shuttering of more than 100 news outlets. The 259 journalists in jail worldwide is the highest number recorded since 1990. More journalists are jailed around the world than at any time since the Committee to Protect Journalists began keeping detailed records in 1990, with Turkey accounting for nearly a third of the global total, CPJ found in its annual census of journalists imprisoned worldwide. Amid…

As an unhappy man takes control of his destiny, so does a country in Hedi

At this year’s Berlin Film Festival, Tunisian drama Hedi won both the best first feature-film award, for director Mohamed Ben Attia, and best actor, for its star Majd Mastoura. The film is an ambitious character study that tries to make sense of the so-called Jasmine Revolution of 2011 by telling the story of a man, Hedi, who is having serious doubts about getting married, with just a week to go before the ceremony.  As with all the best films featuring stories that work as metaphors, audience enjoyment does not rely…

French-Tunisian Auteur Raja Amari on Sensual Drama ‘Foreign Body’

In a certain sense, French-Tunisian director-writer Raja Amari creates feminist thrillers, even if she may not choose to describe them that way. In her debut feature “Red Satin” (2002), a respectable widow spies on her daugher and then defies convention to become a belly dancer. The dark fairy tale “Buried Secrets” (2009) investigates the effects of seclusion on the development of a woman’s sense of self. And her latest, “Foreign Body,” sends an immigration story into unexpected byways as it explores a relationship triangle. “All my movies are focused on…

Euronews journalists, technicians clash with management

Euronews journalists passed a no-confidence vote in the broadcasters’ management and adopted a statement saying that their media could no longer be seen as an independent and balanced voice. An internet poll conducted on 6-7 December shows that out of 291 journalists and technicians at Euronews, 205 (70.4%) said they don’t trust the company’s management, and only 34 (11.7%) said they did. 52 expressed no opinion (17.9%). The trade union Force Ouvrière adopted a statement saying that at the moment, Euronews is no longer an organisation with a European approach…

SNJT president sends letter of protest to Dean of Tunisian Order of Lawyers

Neji Bghouri President of the National Union of Tunisian Journalists (SNJT) addressed a correspondence on Thursday December 8, in which he focused on the tensions erupted between the lawyers and the journalists. He pointed out that” the dignity of journalists is a red line that must not be crossed”. Such a speech is not strange from Bghouri who is committed for defending all the journalists in such cases by protecting them from any aggression. It is worth reminding in these crucial circumstances, the historical coexistence between journalists and lawyers during…

Jeune Afrique editorialist wins La Francophonie’s Cinq continents literature award

Tunisian writer Fawzia Zouari has been crowned laureate of the 15th edition of Cinq Continents literature of La Francophonie for her novel “Le corps de ma mère” (My mother’s body). She succeeds Congolese writer In Koli Jean Bofane author of “Congo Inc. Le testament de Bismarck” (Congo Inc. Bismarck’s will). Zouari’s novel depicts her mother. In the book she tries to understand what it is being a mother and also understand the world surrounding her and her progresses. The book describes the life of Tunisian Bedouin women stranded in a…