JCC Carthage Film Festival kicks off with controversial film

Tunisia´s prestigious Carthage Film Festival has opened with a screening of 'Lingui' by Chadian award-winning filmmaker Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, the story of a teenage girl who seeks an abortion.
JCC Carthage Film Festival kicks off with controversial film

This year, the festival showcases 57 diverse films from 45 Arab and African countries, with screenings not only in cinemas, but in prisons and military barracks too.

Social issues are a common thread of the festival, with the opening film telling the story of a 15-year-old seeking an abortion in a country where it is condemned. Lingui, The Sacred Bonds, as the full title of the film is known in English, world premiered in Cannes earlier this year and was acquired by art house streamer and theatrical distributor MUBI straight out of the festival in July. MUBI owns the rights of Haroun's film for the US, UK, Ireland, Latin America and Turkey.

This year's 32nd edition of the festival is being held under the slogan "Let's dream, Let's live", with screenings and talks taking place across the capital city of Tunis all this week and through next Saturday. Filmmaker Ridha Behi is the festival's Director with journalist Kamel Ben Ounès serving as Artistic Manager.

Films in the festival's Narrative Competition section include Egyptian favourites Feathers and Amira by Mohamed Diab, as well as Casablanca Beats from Morocco and A Tale of Love and Desire from Tunisia's Leyla Bouzid. Documentaries in competition include El Gouna winner Captains of Za’atari and Manca Moro by Sicilian-Tunisian filmmaker Rim Temimi.

In their World Cinema sidebar, the festival is featuring the latest work by Wes Anderson, Afghani filmmaker Ramin Rasouli, as well as Cannes Palme d'Or winner Titane and Venice Golden Lion winner Happening.

For all films and more information, check out the festival's website.

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