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Title:

YALAN BU EL FOSFATE (CURSED BE THE PHOSPHATE)

Country:Tunesien 2012
Format:Digi Beta
Colour:Colour
Language:OF m. engl. UT
Length:80 Minutes
Film series:13. African Film Festival


Director :Tlili, Sami
Cinematography:Berrabah, Hazem
 Nechi, Hatem
 Romdhane, Adonis Nadhem
Editing:Amri, Achraf
 Hammami, Anis
 Hammami, Anis
Music:Bouhrizi, Rabiaa
 Laabidi, Myriam
  
Producer:Attia, Habib
 Bouchoucha, Dora
Production company:Cinetelefilms
 Nomadis Images



Storyline



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5 January 2008 marked the beginning of massive protests in the Tunisian mining region, which would continue for six months. The movement was sparked when unemployed youths staged a sit-in in front of the town hall in the small phosphate mining town of Redeyef. Their names were Adnène, Bechir, Leila, Jemaa, Haroun, Moudhafer and Adel. They were trained teachers and mechanics, but couldn`t find work because none of the riches generated by the phosphate mining end up with the local population. The desperate young people demanded a life of dignity and triggered a broad movement of strikes. The Tunisian dictator Ben Ali, whose own clan pocketed the mining profits, answered by sending in 30,000 police and soldiers. Protests across the mining region were brutally put down, but without them, as the film’s witnesses attest, not without pride, the fall of Ben Ali’s dictatorship, which heralded the “Arab Spring”, would never have been possible. Director Sami Tlili documents in his multi-award-winning film not only historical events, but also what has become of the hopes of these activists in the “new” Tunisia.

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