Die Welt

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    Die Welt

    Directed by

    Tunisia, Netherlands, Qatar

    2012

    80 min

    • English
    • Arabic
    • Dutch

    Drama

    Die Welt is a moral drama about a society in the vacuum between dictatorship and democracy. We follow the young DVD salesman Abdallah, who becomes increasingly frustrated by his inability to realize a fulfilling existence for himself. This feature debut shows contemporary Tunisia with fresh cinematic audacity.

    Awards

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    • Jury Prize Award - Berkshire IFF

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    Credits

    Cast
    Abdelhamid Nawara
    Mohsen Ben Hassen
    Ilse Heus
    Judith van der Meulen
    Kamel Ben Khalfa
    Rahma Ben Hassen
    Screenplay
    Alex Pitstra
    Thijs Gloger
    Abdallah Rezgui
    Cinematography
    Thijs Gloger
    Editing
    Alex Pitstra
    Thijs Gloger
    René Duursma
    Music
    Renger Koning

    Director's Statement

    To me Die Welt is an exploration of both myself and of the person I could have been if my father had made different choices in life. Abdallah’s character is partly based on me. He views his country from a distant perspective, just like I see the country from a Western point of view. I made notes of my observations during my travels, and integrated them in the film. I think that in Die Welt we see Tunisia through Western eyes. We see a country that is a lot more modern than what we see on the news on TV. On the other hand the film presents Tunisian society in a way that Tunisians are not yet familiar with.I myself am a child of Fort Europe. I discover my Tunisian identity in Die Welt.Karim and Alex travel in opposite directions. We meet each other half way, in search of a new identity.

    Production
    ALEX PITSTRA MEDIA
    Sales
    MPM PREMIUM

    Press

    Karim Alexander Pitstra

    Karim Alexander Pitstra

    Netherlands

    Alex Pitstra was born in Dordrecht, The Netherlands, in 1979, to a Tunisian father and a Dutch mother. He made his first film at 15, but worked in music production before setting up his own production company to make commercials, installations and corporate films. He has also worked as a director of photography. DIE WELT is his first feature.

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