Directed by Kaouther Ben Hania (Tunisia, 2018, 100 min.). Digital. Arabic with English subtitles.
When Mariam, a young Tunisian woman, is raped by police officers after leaving a party, she is forced to endure a harrowing night in which she must fight for her rights even though her tormentors control the levers of justice. 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 societal critique and a forcefully feminist rallying cry.
Co-presented with The Boston Palestine Film Festival.
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