Tunisian star Dhafer D’Abidine is set to make his directorial debut – and star in – the drama Ghodwa (which translates in English as ‘tomorrow’), which recently started shooting in Tunis.
L’Abidine, who co-wrote the film with Egyptian filmmaker Ahmed Amer, also produces via his company Double A in collaboration with Dora Bouchoucha of Tunisian company Nomadis Images and Maher Diab from Pan-Arab studio Mad Solutions.
The story follows the relationship between an estranged father and son who find their traditional roles reversed when the older man falls ill.
According to reports, L’Abidine said:” “I always wanted to direct, but I wanted to find the right story. Ghodwa is a story that is very close to my heart, and that I feel strongly about. It’s a Tunisian story, but its social and human aspects have universal appeal.”
L’Adidine was born in Tunisia, but trained as an actor in the UK at the Birmingham School of Acting, and appeared on UK television in series such as Casualty and The Bill, before heading back to the Middle East. He starred in Arabic vampire film Bloodline and in Netflix’s drama series The Eddy.