In her first feature documentary, Hinde Boujemaa offers an alternate account to the overriding socio-political narrative of post-revolution Tunisia. Rather than depicting the revolution as a battle between Islam and secularism, Boujemaa explores the fundamental issues of misery, unemployment and poverty.

For a year and a half she follows Aida, a divorced homeless woman whose primary goal is to provide for her four children, even if that means taking unconventional measures. Early on in the revolution, Aida and her mentally ill son Faouzi are evicted from their squalid one room apartment, so they take advantage of the country’s turmoil by squatting in abandoned homes. Driven by the need to find shelter and care for her family, she takes little notice of the historically significant events taking place around her – the revolution has not changed her life as she continues to live on the margins of society.

Jessica Braz

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Title
It Was Better Tomorrow
Director
Hinde Boujemaa
Country
Tunis
Length
74 min
Festival
2012
Section
Documania
Language
Arabic
Subtitle
English
Premiere status
Nordic Premiere
Production year
2012
Original title
Ya man aach
Cast
Aida Kaabi
Producer
Habib Attia, Dora Bouchoucha
Script
Hinde Boujemaa

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