21 year-old Mariam attends a party held at a discotheque on the grounds of her school, during which her dress tears, and she has to borrow a more “revealing” one from a co-student. In the darkness of the party, only lit by the disco lights, she meets handsome young Youssef. Together the head to the beach, for a walk that ends in Mariam being raped by two police officers passing by. Mariam (strongly portrayed by Mariam Al Ferjani) and Youssef then spend the entire night fighting for justice under nightmarish circumstances, at the police station, a private clinic, and a public hospital. In an unruly system where people would rather protect their own interests than help a raped woman, the two are just being pushed around. 

Production and distribution

Production Year:
2017
Production country:
Tunisia
Co production country:
Norway

Director

  • Kaouther Ben Hania

    Kaouther Ben Hania (b. 1977) is a Tunisian director and writer. She has previously directed short films and two features, including the mockumentary Challat of Tunis (2014). Beauty and the Dogs was selected to screen at the 2017 Cannes festival, as one of two Arab films in the official programme. 

Crew

Director:
Kaouther Ben Hania
Khaled Walid BARSAOUI
Screenplay:
Kaouther Ben Hania
Cinematographer:
Johan Holmquist

Technical information

Genre:
Drama
Format:
DCP 2k
Length in mins:
99'
Language:
Arabic
Subtitles:
English

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