Beauty and the Dog
Director: Kauther Ben Hanla
Duration: 100 min.
Language: Arabic with English Subtitles
Awards: Youth Jury Award, Meeting Point Section, Valladolid International Film Festival, 2017
When Mariam, a young Tunisian woman, is raped by police officers after leaving a party, she is propelled into a harrowing night in which she must fight for her rights even though justice lies on the side of her tormentors. Employing impressive cinematic techniques and anchored by a tour-de-force performance from newcomer Mariam Al Ferjani, Kaouther Ben Hania’s Beauty and the Dogs tells an urgent, unapologetic, and important true story head-on. A rare, startling film from a female Tunisian director, it’s a striking critique on a repressive society and a forcefully feminist rallying cry.