Yalaan Bu El Fosfate details a revolt carried out by inhabitants of a Tunisian company town dependent on phosphate extraction against unsafe working conditions and government-supported corruption. The response from the Ben Ali regime was brutal, yet the Gafsa region temporarily withstood months of onslaught. Though inevitably unsuccessful and later eclipsed by the events of 2011, the uprising exposed cracks in the dictatorship’s unassailability, paving the way for the 2011 Tunisian revolution.
Original dialogue: Arabic
Directed by: Sami Tlili
Running time: 80 min
Awards & Screenings:
Best Film from The Arab World - Abu Dhabi FF 2012
Wednesday 27 November, 1pm at Galaxy Cinema, 67 Abd El Aziz Al Saud St., El Manial
Monday 2 December, 1pm at City Stars Cinema, Omar Ibn El-Khattab Street, Nasr City
Wednesday 4 December, 10.30pm at Plaza Cinema, Americana Plaza Mall, Sheikh Zayed
Complete programme of Panorama of the European Film
All data provided by Misr International Films - Youssef Chahine.