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.
- 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
- Dubai International Film Festival 2015
- International Film Festival Rotterdam 2016
- Hong Kong International Film Festival 2016
- Istanbul Film Festival 2016
- Tribeca Film Festival 2016
- San Francisco International Film Festival 2016
- Seattle International Film Festival 2016
- Durban International Film Festival 2016
- Helsinki IFF - Love & Anarchy 2016
- Baya Medhaffer
- Ghalia Benali
- Montassar Ayari
- Aymen Omrani
- Lassaad Jamoussi
- Deena Abdelwahed
- Youssef Soltana
- Marwen Soltana
- Leyla Bouzid
- Marie-Sophie Chambon
- Sebastien Goepfert
- Lilian Corbeille
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.
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By far the best fictional film about the Arab Spring.
An impressive debut.
A touching story.
While documentaries are about a present that is constantly changing, I believe that feature films should play with our memory.
Leyla Bouzid is a Tunisian born and raised filmmaker. She studied French literature at the Sorbonne and film directing at La Fémis. Her shorts SOUBRESAUTS (2011) and ZAKARIA (2013) were both awarded at the Angers FF. AS I OPEN MY EYES (2015) is her first feature, which premiered in Venice Days and has been awarded Muhr Fiction Feature at the Dubai IFF. AS I OPEN MY EYES also screened at IFF Rotterdam in 2016.