A fascinating experimental mix of documentary and fiction by one of Tunisia's finest directors.
Olfa has four daughters. Two of them, Rahma and Ghofrane, have become radicalized; one day, they abruptly leave Tunisia to join the Islamic State in Libya. Director Kaouther Ben Hania fills the ensuing gap in the story with the help of professional actresses. Together they lift the veil on the lives of Olfa and her daughters.
Meet the director
Kaouther Ben Hania
Kaouther Ben Hania was born in Sidi Bouzid, Tunisia, in 1977. She studied film at the École des Arts et du Cinéma in Tunis and at the Paris film school La Fémis as well as film dramaturgy at the Sorbonne. Her short films include MOI, MA SŒUR ET LA CHOSE (2006) and PEAU DE COLLE (2013). Her first documentary feature film, LES IMAMS VONT À L'ÉCOLE premiered at the International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam (IDFA) in 2010. It was followed by LE CHALLAT DE TUNIS (2013). Her first fully fictional feature film, LA BELLE ET LA MEUTE, premiered in 2017 in the Un Certain Regard series at the Cannes Film Festival. THE MAN WHO SOLD HIS SKIN (2020) received honors at the Venice Biennale and was Tunisia's entry for the international Oscar. Ben Hania's latest film, FOUR DAUGHTERS, premiered in competition at Cannes in 2023.