Director: Sami Tlili
Country: Tunisia
Year: 2012
Duration: 82 min



Venue Date Time
Suncoast 8 17 July 2015 22:15 PM
Elangeni 20 July 2015 14:15 PM

On 5 January 2008, a sit-in organised by a group of unemployed youths in front of the town hall of Redeyef, Tunisia, marked the beginning of a movement of civil dissent that lasted six months. Twenty-one years after the ‘medical coup d’état’ that brought General Ben Ali to power; he is confronted with his first popular uprising. Those involved in the uprising are Moudhaffer, Bechir, Adnene, Leila and Adel. They are teachers, the unemployed and young people in despair. Some ventured onto the streets to shout their wrath; others were there to support the silenced voices that should have been heard.

Sami Tlili was born in 1985 in Kairouan, Tunisia. A former active member of the cine-clubs movement in Tunisia and the Tunisian Federation of Amateur Filmmakers (FTCA), Tlili has directed three short films, which were selected for and won awards at several international independent festivals. ‘Cursed Be the Phosphate’ is his first feature documentary.

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