Magazine article Screen International

Ben Hania to Direct Rape Victim Drama

Magazine article Screen International

Ben Hania to Direct Rape Victim Drama

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Tunisian filmmaker Kaouther Ben Hania is developing a new project inspired by the true story of a woman raped outside a beachfront nightclub in 2012.

"It follows her efforts to prove the crime and get justice. It's based on true facts," said Tunis-based producer Habib Attia of Cinetelefilms who is producing.

"We've managed to secure half the budget from Tunisia's Ministry of Culture and are now researching international financing options."

Ben Hania's last work, mockumentary Challat Of Tunis, about a mysterious knife-wielding man who slashes women's buttocks in the Tunisian capital, played in the Muhr Arab competition at last year's DIFF and also went on to screen in Cannes in the ACID selection.

The filmmaker also won Dubai Film Connection support for documentary Zaineb Hates The Snow in 2011.

Attia is also continuing to work on two other DFC supported projects: Tunisian director Fares Naanaa's A Full Moon Night and Rashid Masharawi's Gaza DC.

A Full Moon Night is heading into post-production following confirmation that it is to receive the backing of the Dubai Film Market's Enjaaz post-production programme. …

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