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It’s early September 2011, just months after the Tunisian revolution, and Fares Ben Youssef

(Sami Bouajila), his wife Meriem and their 11-year-old Aziz are a tight-knit family with good

economic standing, liberal friends and a new SUV, enjoying the sense of renewal and freedom

ushered in by the fall of the dictatorship. However, as they accidentally drive past a conflict

between Islamic militants, their son Aziz is hit by a stray bullet. In the emergency ward, the

wealthy couple faces a new problem: Aziz needs an organ donor, but it can't be either of them.

This story about a father whose entire world comes apart after his son is gravely injured in a

terrorist shootout shrewdly casts one of the world’s best thespians, 2006 Cannes best actor

winner Sami Bouajila, in the lead as it probes delicate questions of parenthood, masculinity and

personal ego within an Arab-world context.—Various sources

  • Year
  • Runtime
    95 min
  • Language
    Arabic and French
  • Country
  • Premiere
    Washington, DC
  • Director
    Mehdi M. Barsaoui