Beauty and the Dogs
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