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Die Welt

Netherlands | 2012 | 80 minutes | Alex Pitstra

A stunning fiction/documentary hybrid set in the vacuum between dictatorship and democracy. While Tunisians dreams of a better Tunisia, 23-year-old DVD salesman Abdallah dreams of a better life in Europe.

June 5, 2013
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An audacious hybrid between fiction and documentary, set in contemporary Tunisia shortly after the Jasmine Revolution in 2011, Die Welt portrays a society in the vacuum between dictatorship and democracy. A clerk in a DVD store, young Abdallah has become increasingly frustrated by the limitations of his life. While the country is looking forward to its first free elections since Ben Ali fled the country, and hopes are high, the troubled economy is prompting many young Tunisians to take advantage of their newly gained freedom, by seeking a better life in Europe. After meeting the Dutch tourist Anna, he starts dreaming of the possibilities in Europe, or Die Welt (the world), as his father calls the promised land on the other side of the Mediterranean. In his feature film debut, Dutch director Alex Pitstra investigates his Tunisian roots, working with both professional actors as well as family members in supporting roles, in this immersive portrait of Tunisia today.

Director Biography
Alex Pitstra, also known as Karim Alexander Pitstra, directed his first film at fifteen and worked as a DJ and producer in the music industry before starting his own production company. Raised in the Netherlands, he did not meet his Tunisian father until the age of 25. His 2013 SIFF entry Die Welt is partially influenced by imagining how he would have been raised in his father’s homeland.

Sponsored in part by Delta Air Lines, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Comcast Xfinity

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Tiwilit Flowers

A beautifully-shot journey across the North African waterfront celebrates a way of life.
Director: Alex Pitstra
Principal Cast: Abdelhamid Naouara, Mohsen Ben Hassen, Rahma Ben Hassen, Ilse Heus
Country: Netherlands, Tunisia, Qatar
Year: 2012
Running Time: 80 minutes
Producer: Alex Pitstra
Screenplay: Alex Pitstra, Thijs Gloger, Abdallah Rezgui
Cinematographers: Thijs Gloger
Editors: Alex Pitstra, Thijs Gloger, René Duursma
Music: Renger Koning
Website: http://www.dieweltfilm.com
Filmography: Debut Feature Film
Language: Arabic, Dutch, English
HasSubTitles: Yes
Format: DCP
International Sales: Premium Films
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