As I Open My Eyes

  • A peine j’ouvre les yeux
  • Section: LUX Film Prize, Film & Music
  • France, Tunis, Belgium
  • 2015 / 102 min.
  • Director: Leyla Bouzid
  • Cast: Baya Medhaffar, Ghalia Ben Ali, Montassar Ayari, Lassaad Jamoussi, Aymen Omrani
  • Arabian and French version with Czech subtitles

Contact: Doc & Film International

Even ordinary things, like singing in a band, can have tough consequences – at least if you live in Tunis just before the revolution.

Farah sings in a band. Music is her life and she plans to enroll at university where she wants to study musicology. Her first real concert approaches as the Tunisian Revolution is about to break. The secret police is highly active, people are closely monitored, there are interrogations and disappearances. But Farah does not want to compromise in her music just because the ruling party disapproves of some of her lyrics. This film is about music, defiance and the hope for change.

Awards: Venice Days Edition 2015: People’s Choice Award, Prix Europa Cinema. Dubai IFF 2015: Best Fiction Feature. East End Film Festival, UK 2016: Best film. Carthage FF 2015: FIPRESCI Prize, TV5 Award.



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