As I Open My Eyes

Not available for screening anymore

As I Open My Eyes (A peine j'ouvre les yeux)

Directed by Leyla Bouzid

  • Belgium, France, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates 2015; 102 min
  • Original version: French, Arabic
  • Genre: Drama
    • Best Debut Film - Namur IFF
    • Europa Cinemas Label Prize, BNL Audience Award - Venice Days
    • Best Film, Best Actress (Baya Medhaffer), Audience Award - Saint-Jean-de-Luz Festival
    • Special Mention (Actress Ghalia Benali), Critic Prize (UPCB – UBFP), Audience Award - Cinémamed
    • Best Muhr Fiction Feature - Dubai IFF
    • Best Film - Mediterranean FF Split
    • Best Feature - East End FF

  • Venice Days
    Toronto IFF
    Karlovy Vary IFF


Tunis, summer 2010, a few months before the Revolution: Farah, 18 years old, has just graduated and her family already sees her as a future doctor. But she doesn't have the same idea. She sings in a political rock band, has a passion for life, gets drunk, discovers love and her city by night against the wishes of her mother Hayet, who knows Tunisia and its dangers all too well.

Director's Statement

There was a special atmosphere that summer, the feeling of being in a dead end, that something would eventually explode. Young people were in turmoil, they resisted through music, blogging, Internet and their very existence. It is from them that came the energy of what happened later, it is from them that comes the energy of this film. [...] Farah is one of these young people who seeks to live life to the full despite family pressure and an omnipresent police state. As a free and impulsive singer, she is the voice of a generation that resists daily.








International Sales


    Daniela Elstner