Beauty and the Dogs

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Tunisia | 2017 | 100 minutes | Khaled Walid Barsaoui, Kaouther Ben Hania

Opens March 30, 2018

Inspired by a true story and based on Meriem Ben Mohamed's 2013 book Coupable d'avoir été violée, director Kaouther Ben Hania's second feature handles a delicate and topical subject and shines a light on the bureaucratic negligence rampant in many parts of the world.

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 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.

  • Director: Khaled Walid Barsaoui, Kaouther Ben Hania
  • Principal Cast: Mariam Al Ferjani, Ghanem Zrelli
  • Country: Tunisia, France, Sweden, Norway, Lebanon, Qatar, Switzerland
  • Year: 2017
  • Running Time: 100 minutes
  • Producer: Habib Attia, Nadim Cheikhrouba, Nadim Cheikhrouha
  • Screenplay: Kaouther Ben Hania
  • Cinematographers: Johan Holmquist
  • Language: Arabic
  • Has Subtitles: Yes