As I Open My Eyes

Please Note: This film is no longer showing at Railroad Square Cinema

Part of Cinema Explorations 2017

This music-filled, French-Tunisian production is set in Tunis, summer 2010, a few months before the Revolution, and depicts the clash between culture and family as seen through the eyes of a young Tunisian woman balancing the traditional expectations of her family with her creative life, as the singer in a politically charged rock band. Director Leyla Bouzid’s feature offers a nuanced portrait of the implications of the Arab Spring on the lives of young people in the region, while also creating a complex story about a young woman using art to transform her reality. “Ms. Medhaffer has the charisma, if not the voice, of a young Joan Baez.” – New York Times. “Best fictional film yet about the Arab Spring.” – Indiewire. “Showcases a standout lead performance by first-timer Baya Medhaffar.” -Variety. Unrated. 102 minutes.

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