Benzine

Tunesia 2017, 90', Feature Film
Director
Sarra Abidi
Contact
Synergy Productions | synergyprod.tn@gmail.com

 

Synopsis

Salem and Halima have heard nothing from their son for nine months.
Ahmed, who earned a living smuggling petrol like many people in the
region, left for Italy nine months ago. There are conflicting stories about
his whereabouts.
The ubiquitous depiction of illegal migration across the Mediterranean
has been dominated for years by just a few motifs: young men on boats,
detention centres on Lampedusa and Lesbos. Sarra Abidi contrasts these
images with a view of the people who are left behind, their struggle
to survive in harsh economic conditions in an unstable political
environment, constant concern about loved ones who have embarked
on the journey to Europe in search of a better future.

»I felt the strong need to write this story, to make this film, inspired
by the region around Gabés, by the experiences of young Tunisian
men since 2011 [the start of the Arab Spring], their determination to
leave the country by whatever means. But I also wanted to refer to the
phenomenon of petrol smuggling, which has increased significantly
in the country since the events of 2011. And, of course, include these
pictures of the parents, especially the mothers agonised by the loss of
their sons.
All these events influenced me. But I also had this personal vision, a
cineastic view spurred by the landscape of my homeland, a very beautiful,
very harsh landscape.«
Sarra Abidi


International Debut Feature Film Competition

4/26, 18:00 h, Odeon

Sarra Abidi
Tunesia
2017
Feature Film
2018
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