The San Diego Arab Film Festival is a project of KARAMA

Beauty and the Dog

Director: Kauther Ben Hanla

Country: Tunisia

Date: 2017

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.

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