film screening
Thaletun (Trente/Thirty)
By Fadhel Jaziri

Tuesday 29 June 2010 | Al Hussein Cultural Center 8 PM

Under the patronage of HRH Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein and HRH Princess Rym Al Ali, and in cooperation with the Royal Film Commission, Darat al Funun - The Khalid Shoman Foundation presents the film.

The film, which takes place between 1924 and 1934, portrays the struggle for Freedom of three young Tunisian friends who became true myths in the Tunisian national Memory. The three characters engaged against colonialism, obscurantism, and the burden of their society: Mhamed Ali El Hammi, the founder of the first Tunisian trade union; Tahar Hadded, a rebellious freedom and Human Rights militant, pioneer of the Tunisian Family Code, who in his writings called the whole Muslim world to reform women status in the society; and Belgacem Chebbi who renewed poetry by his commitment, and initiated new language patterns. Referring to the intense atmosphere of the inter-war years, “Thalethun” depicts the awakening to Modernity of three audacious and free consciences against a conservative society; one that was unresponsive to renewal, self-absorbed, and defending its privileges against all attempts at reform. The film is in Arabic and French with English subtitles.

Fadhel Jaziri (born in Tunis in 1948) is a Tunisian writer and filmmaker. Co-founder of the New Theater in 1976, Jaziri helped create a series of productions such as “The Instruction”, “Ghassalet Nouader” and “Lem”. The group engaged in film production, with films like “The Wedding” and “Arab”. In the early nineties, Jaziri resumed his autonomy and chose to innovate the art of secular and sacred popular Musicals. In these artistic productions, Jaziri incorporated refined aesthetics, a complex stage direction style, and a new sign and body language long repressed and underestimated, which influenced the cultural Tunisian landscape.