„African Perspectives »: AfricAvenir presents (again) « The Professor » by Mahmoud Ben Mahmoud, Tunisia, 2012, 92 min
At 18h30. @FNCC. Entrance is 20,- Nam$. Supported by MC Distribution. With Franco-Namibian Cultural Centre and Africiné.


Après la Première namibienne du 29 mars, le film Le Professeur (Mahmoud Ben Mahmoud, 2012, Tunisie, Fiction, 92mins) est reprojeté à Windhoek, au Centre Culturel Franco-Namibien (FNCC).
Date prévue : mercredi 09 Avril, 18h30 au FNCC, avenue Robert Mugabe Avenue, Windhoek. La projection est soutenue par MC Distribution.

Dans le cadre du ciné-club d’AfricAvenir Windhoek, soutenu par Africiné (the African Film Critics Association).
Entrée : 20 dollars namibiens

Tags : Tunisie, Politique, Droits humains, intellectuels, militantisme.

[Time : Horaire]
18:30 (6:30 PM)

[Where / Où ]
Franco-Namibian Cultural Centre (FNCC)
118 Robert Mugabe Avenue PO BOX 11622, Windhoek, Namibia

Programmer/Programmateur :
Hans-Christian Mahnke



After the Namibian Premiere of « The Professor » last week, AfricAvenir and the FNCC invite to a ReScreening of the Tunisian film „The Professor »on Wednesday, 09 April, 18h30 at the FNCC, Robert Mugabe Avenue, Windhoek. The screening is supported by MC Distribution.

Entrance: 20,- N$

The Tunisian fiction film « The Professor » was directed by Mahmoud Ben Mahmoud, and produced by Habib Bel Hadi in 2012. The film length is 92 minutes.

On 24 March the film won Certificate of Merit in the Freedom Price Category of the Luxor African Film Festival 2014.

Keywords: Tunisia, Politics, Policies, Human Rights, scholars, activits.

Shot during the Arab Spring, this film couldn’t have come more timely, not only due to its subject but especially as it’s shooting authorisation was delayed by the authorities for several months, without giving specific reasons.
Set in 1977 Tunis, « The Professor » is a deeply insightful film into the human rights situation in Tunisia in the late 1970ies.
Khalsawi Khalil (played by Ahmed Hafiane), Professor of Constitutional Law is responsible by the ruling party to represent it in the newly created League of Human Rights, a largely toothless talking shop whose chief purpose seems to be whitewashing state oppression and undermining the « red gangrene » of Communist opposition. His mission is to defend the official positions in this period of tension between the government and unions. One day, Khalil learns that Houda, one of his students with whom he has an extramarital affair, was arrested in the south of the country with two Italian journalists who came to investigate on strikes in the phosphate mines.
The professor agonizes over whether to risk his career and marriage defending her, a dilemma further complicated by jealousy. As he gets more and more drawn into the situation, he soon finds his career and personal life in jeopardy.
The main actor Ahmed Hafiane is especially impressive in his pleasingly layered, prizewinning portrait of a suave apologist for tyranny slowly facing up to his own guilt, hypocrisy and moral vacancy.

« Prix du Meilleur Scenario » (Best Screenplay Award), 2012 Carthage Film Festival.
« Best Performance » for main actor Ahmed Hafiane, Arab Film Competition, 2012 Doha Tribeca Film Festival

About the director:
Mahmoud Ben Mahmoud was born in 1947 in Tuis, Tunisia, to a family of Turkish origin who had settled in Tunisia in 1710. His father was a theologian and amateur artist and writer, which, to an extent, influenced the personality of the young Mahmoud. He studied at the INSAS Belgian school of cinema where he completed his graduation in field of filming. Later, he studied art history, archeology and journalism at the Free University of Brussels (ULB). These multidisciplinary studies gave him a solid training to face the field
of cinema.
He first entered the film industry by participating in the writing of two films: The Son of Amr’s death (Le Fils d’Amr est mort) of Jean-Jaques Andrien and Kfar Kassem of Borhana Alaoui. Soon after, Mahmoud made his first feature film Crossings (Traversées) in 1982.
His second feature film, released in 1992, Chichkhan, Diamond Dust (Chichkhan, poussière de diamant) was selected for Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival.
Mahmoud has also released a number of documentary films between 1992 and 2006, such as: Italiani dell’altra riva (1992), Anastasia de Bizerte (1996), Albert Samama-Chikli (1996), Ennejma Ezzahra (1998), The Thousand and One Voices (2001), Fadhel Jaibi, a Theatre in Freedom (2003) and The Beys of Tunis, a colonial monarchy in turmoil (Les Beys de Tunis, une monarchie dans la tourmente) (2006). Meanwhile, he has still continued to make films that have marked his film career success, such as Naps grenadines which was released in 2003.
Since 1988, Mahmoud Ben Mahmoud teaches scriptwriting at the Free University of Brussels.

[Time : Horaire]
18:30 (6:30 PM)

[Where / Où ]
Franco-Namibian Cultural Centre (FNCC)
118 Robert Mugabe Avenue PO BOX 11622, Windhoek, Namibia

Programmer/Programmateur :
Hans-Christian Mahnke

The film series African Perspectives is supported by AfriCine, WhatsOnWindhoek, Turipamwe Design, and the Goethe-Centre Windhoek. © Copyright AfricAvenir 2014
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