Thursday, 9/28 at St Anthony Main Theatre
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narrative / drama
85 mins / 2016
French / Arabic with English subtitles
CONTENT WARNING: VIOLENCE AND SEXUAL ASSAULT
Burning Hope is the story of an unlikely friendship between Zeineb (Anissa Daoud), Elyssa (Doria Achour), and Houssine (Achref Ben Youssef), two young women and a teenage boy whose paths cross on the night President Ben Ali flees Tunisia, January 14, 2011. After a violent and tragic encounter with a police officer, they each try to move on with their lives. Situated somewhere between hope and despair, the film’s strengths lie with its characters, whose stories depict frustration and courage against the backdrop of a changing social and political landscape in Tunisia.
Festivals and Awards:
Best Narrative Feature, New York Indie Film Festival, 2016
Vues d’Afrique Festival, Canada, 2016
Beirut Cinema Days, Lebanon, 2016
Lotfi Achour is a cinema and theater director. He is the author of more than twenty five theatrical productions, which have been performed in Paris, London, and Tunis. He has also directed dozens of short films that have screened at the Cannes Film Festival and competed for the Academy Awards. Burning Hope (Demain dès L’aube) is Achour’s first feature film.