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Film still from MACHTAT: An older woman with a turquoise headscarf arranges the hair of a bride.

Tue 30.04.

  • Director

    Sonia Ben Slama

  • Tunisia, Lebanon, France, Qatar / 2023
    82 min. / DCP / Original version with English subtitles

  • Original language


  • Cinema

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  • Sonia Ben Slama in person

Fatma and her two daughters, Najeh and Waffeh, live in Bir Beranek, Mahdia, Tunisia. As machtat, traditional wedding musicians, they travel from celebration to celebration during the summer. Music accompanies them beyond the wedding season, into a challenging everyday life marked by personal struggles against social conventions. Najeh, who is divorced, is searching for a husband to escape the authority of her brothers, while Waffeh tries to break free from a violent marriage. Fatma, their mother, prays and mediates between her two daughters, holding onto hope for brighter days. In her portrayal, Sonia Ben Slama intimately captures the lives of these three women, approaching their stories with profound respect for the hurdles they confront. Offering an insider's view into Tunisian culture and traditions, MACHTAT premiered in the ACID section of the Cannes Film Festival and the competition section of the 2023 edition of Visions du réel.

Funded by:

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