Newly acquired by Third World Newsreel, Tunisian Women: We Will Stand Up offers “an overview of Tunisia’s contemporary history from the point of view of seven courageous women activists, from Tunisia’s independence from France in 1956, to the oppressive regimes of Habib Bourguiba and Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, to the 2011 Tunisian Revolution and the coalition government led by the Ennahda Islamic Party, and to the political murders of Chokri Belaid and Mohamed Brahmi in 2013.”
This film includes archival footage from Bourguiba’s and Ben Ali’s era, as well as reenactments of the Tunisian secret police surveillance and torture techniques, and features interviews with journalist and human rights activist Om Zied; political leader Maya Jribi; human rights lawyer Radhia Nasraoui; professor and writer Zeineb Cherni; lawyer and community activist Saida Garrach; singer Amel Hamrouni; and the President of the Association of Mothers of Victims of the Counterterrorism Law, Zeineb Chelbi.
Winner of the Grand Prix at the Khouribga International Documentary Film Festival in Morocco, Tunisian Women is a record of the work of women activist in Tunisia and a celebration of Tunisia’s history of activism and resistance against authoritarian rule since the 1970s.
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