Magazine article New Internationalist

The Silences of the Palace

Magazine article New Internationalist

The Silences of the Palace

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MOUFIDA TLATLI makes her bold debut as a director with this powerful elegy, which examines the place of women in Tunisian society in the years leading up to and just after the struggle for independence in the 1950s. Set mostly in the royal family's ornamental palace, The Silences of the Palace focuses on Alia, a young girl who has lived all her life there with her servant mother. This is a time when kings and princes could still exercise their 'rights of the bedchamber' and avail themselves of any of the female servants of the court. But as Alia grows up she discovers that she is gifted with a sweet singing voice which will potentially free her from this destiny. The film unfolds through a series of flashbacks as an adult Alia returns to her childhood home. The lavish palace is now an empty, echoing husk, haunted by its difficult past which Alia must now re-examine. …

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