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Tunisian Film Festival

Event Details
Date/Time: 
Jan 10 2012 5:45pm - Jan 12 2012 10:00pm
Price: 
Tickets $10 (suggested donation)
Seating limited, RSVPs strongly advised. Call 310.657.5511, or 424.242.3856
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Where: 
Barnsdall Gallery Theatre
4800 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90027
just west of Vermont
free parking

Read KPCC story. On the 1-year anniversary of the Tunisian uprising against an authoritarian regime—an uprising that arguably launched a revolution that continues to shake the world—comes the first film festival dedicated to Tunisian cinema. Following the Tunisian revolution, which after just 28 days saw the departure of dictator President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, the Free Tunisia.org team met around this unique idea to bring Tunisian cinema and culture to the great city of Los Angeles. Cosponsored by New Voices in Middle Eastern Cinema.


The first Tunisian Film Festival in Hollywood...The first Tunisian Film Festival in Hollywood...The dawn of democracy in Tunisia after years of dictatorship will be in full display with the arrival of filmmakers, artists and cultural ambassadors including up and coming young artists and actors, some for the first time here in Hollywood. This festival will embody the freedom and diversity of Tunisian cinema.

The Tunisian Film Festival gives voice to young and upcoming Tunisian actors, writers, film makers and artists of all specialties in an effort to reinforce freedom of speech through film and art in Tunisia, with special guests flying in from Tunisia. The Festival provides courageous filmmakers with a global platform, an international audience, and interaction with local members of the film industry. In an effort to build bridges, this festival aims to strengthen relations between the people of Tunisia and Americans.

an outtake from "Fausse Note"an outtake from "Fausse Note"Festival Day 01: Tuesday January 10, 2012, 5PM - 10PM
5:00 pm Opening Ceremony-Performance by Mark Levine, Hamza Malouch, Yasser Jeradi and MC-Rai with a surprise guest singer.
6:00-6:30 The Project (24 min)-Mohamed Ali Nahidi Director (Present). LA premiere screening followed by roundtable discussion with the director moderated by TFF staff.
6:50-7:40 Fausse Note (45 min)-Majdi Msiri (Present). World premiere screening followed by roundtable discussion with the director moderated by TFF staff.
8:00-9:40 Rouge Parole (95 min)-Elyes Baccar (Present). US premiere screening followed by roundtable discussion with the director moderated by TFF staff.
5:50-5:55 Live Performances

Rouge Parole, a feature film from TunisiaRouge Parole, a feature film from TunisiaFestival Day 02: Wednesday January 11, 2012, 5PM - 10PM

Opening performance by Mark Levine, Hamza Malouch, Yasser Jeradi and MC-Rai with a surprise guest singer.
6:00-7:00 Fellaga 2011 (52 min)-Rafik Omrani (Present). US premiere screening followed by roundtable discussion with the director moderated by TFF staff.
7:25-7:50 Moisson Magique (20 min)-Anis Lassoued (Present). US premiere screening followed by roundtable discussion with the director moderated by TFF staff.
8:10-9:45 Making Of (115 min)-a feature film by Nouri Bouzid.

Festival Day 03: Thursday January 12, 2012, 1PM - 10PM

1:00-3:00 Filmmakers & Guest Artist Workshop-at American Film Institute (AFI) curated by Professor Mehdi Hassine (filmmakers only).
3:30-5:30 Meet & Greet with Students-at Music Institute curated by Professor Mehdi Hassine. (visiting artists only) pending confirmation.
7:00-10:00 Closing Ceremony-Our Closing Ceremony will take place at PI Restaurant on the Sunset Strip hosted by Mr. Khaled Hamadeh, with dinner roundtable discussion. VIP Dinner with Filmmakers (by Invitation) with the Tunisian Film Festival organizing team. To include the screening of Caravan of Erg (16 min) by Hazem Birrabeh.

Free Tunisia presents the Tunisian Film Festival in partnership with the Levantine Cultural Center's New Voices in Middle Eastern Cinema series, sponsored in part by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, with support from LA City Council President Eric Garcetti,the East Hollywood Neighborhood Council, the Dept. of Cultural Affairs (DCA), BOA Gallery, Harissa.com, Radio Oasis, Barnsdall Gallery Theatre, Arch Effect, Hollywood Rent-a-Ca,r, El Teatro, Bienvu and other sponsors.