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…

Six Tunisian films at DIFF 2016

Six new Tunisian films will compete in different competitions of the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF 2016), scheduled on December 7-14 in Dubai. Raja Amari’s “Jassad Gharib” (foreign body), a Tunisian-French co-production, and Mohamed Ben Attia’s “Hedi”, co-produced by Tunisia, Belgium, UAE, France and Qatar will compete in the “Muhr Feature” competition. Tunisian-Russian Director Doria Achour’s “All the rest is the work of man”, Lotfi Achour’s “Law of the lamb” and Mehdi Barsaoui’s “Khalmina hakka khir” (We are just fine like this) will compete in the “Muhr short” competition. Winner…

Ben Achour library shelters rare manuscripts nowhere to be found

I have had the good opportunity to pay a visit to Ben Achour’s library located in a beautiful family mansion in the suburb of “La Marsa”. It is a real beacon of light and science under the sky of Tunisia. This library considered as one of the rich libraries in the Arab and Islamic world, is related to a great story of a famous family whose members are known by their deep culture and their commitments for literature, science and research. When you stand still for a while at the…

HAICA reports audiovisual media profile of parties

The Independent High Broadcasting Authority (French/HAICA) released today its periodic report on political pluralism in Audiovisual Media for the first quarter  of 2016. This study conducted by HAICA showed that parties represented in the House of the People’s Representatives (HPR) recorded the highest rate in television channels, followed by the government , the parties not represented in HPR as well as the  Presidency of the Republic occupies the last rank. However, Ennahdha party is at the top of political parties present in television channels followed by Nida Tounes and the…

Closing of JTC 2016: special incentive awards to support Tunisian productions

After a daily marathon of theatrical performances in the capital and in 19 Tunisian cities with an affluence of a cosmopolitan public, the 18th edition of the Carthage Theatre Days ended Saturday evening in Tunis with attendance of a large number of Tunisian artists and guests of the 2016 edition. Although it is non-competitive, this edition (November 18-26, 2016) was marked by the presentation of a series of special incentive prizes awarded by Tunisian and foreign organisations to encourage local theatrical productions. The Prize of the Tunisian General Labour Union…

Mystical ‘Rouhanyet’ music festival in southern Tunisia

The first international festival of mystical music ‘Rouhanyet’ will begin on Saturday in Nefta, southern Tunisia. The festival is the brainchild of its director, the well-known Tunisian actor and Artistic Director Hichem Rostom, and will run through November 29. The idea of such festival was born “of the passion for secular and religious music,” Hichem Rostom told media. This is an opportunity for the Sufi repertoire of Nefta to be under the limelight. Some 18 performances of artists and musicians from Tunisia, Algeria, France, Morocco Turkey, and Canada will be…

18th edition of JTC 2016: Tribute to memory of late Moncef Souissi

The 18th edition of the Carthage Theatre Days (JTC) opened on Friday evening with a tribute to the founder of these Days, the late Moncef Souissi, who died on November 6, 2016 by screening a short documentary highlighting half a century of his dedication and his significant contributions to Tunisian and Arab theatres, thanks to his record of passion, creativity. Posthumous tribute is to be paid to the memory of actress Saida Sarray (died on November 6, 2016), actor Ahmed Snouissi (died on November 20, 2015), journalist and playwright Ahmed…