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Tournées French Film Festival: A peine j’ouvre les yeux/ As I Open my Eyes

October 20, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


A peine j'ouvre

Tunis, 2010. Fresh out of high school, eighteen-year-old Farah is butting heads with her mother over her all-night, beer-fueled outings with a new
boyfriend and her refusal to enroll at medical school so she can pursue her dream of singing in a band. All this would be chalked up to growing pains if the setting were not Tunisia in the last months of the Ben Ali dictatorship and Farah’s irrepressible thirst for life and justice did not come out in politically charged concerts that draw the attention of the country’s notoriously corrupt authorities. As such, Leyla Bouzid’s powerful debut feature is not only a striking portrait of a young woman on the cusp of adulthood, but a deeply insightful, complex look at life under a repressive political regime, with its compromises, commitments, and corrosive effects on personal relationships. While the film does not directly refer to the events of the Tunisian revolution of December 2010, Farah clearly embodies the spirit of youthful revolt that drove the Arab Spring. As portrayed by beginner Baya Medhaffar, who performs her own vocals in several riveting concert sequences, Farah is utterly relatable, a fragile but seemingly unbreakable young woman as eager for fun as she is committed to honesty.

You may view the trailer here.

All films have English subtitles. Free and open to all. Free cookies will be provided; free parking on campus.

Tournées Film Festival is made possible with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S., the Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée (CNC), the French American Cultural Fund, Florence Gould Foundation and Highbrow Entertainment. The Alliance is also a proud sponsor of this festival at Saint Michael’s College.

Please contact Laurence Clerfeuille lclerfeuille@smcvt.edu with any questions that you may have.


October 20, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Saint Michael’s College, Room Cheray 101
One Winooski Park
Colchester, VT United States
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