Arabic Film Festival’s project manager Jeanine next recommendation: A Son

As a project manager in a film festival, it’s hard to just choose one recommendation.

As a project manager in a film festival, it's hard to just choose one recommendation. Therefore Jeanine added her next favorit: A Son.

I would like to recommend one of the films that resonated with me long after I watched it. This feature debut from filmmaker Mehdi Barsaoui is set in Tunisia in 2011. It sets out as a medical drama as the son of Fares and Meriem is hit by a stray bullet and needs to be rushed to the hospital. This event opens up a Pandora’s box of unexpected twists and long kept secrets that come back to haunt the family.

What follows brilliantly echoes the famous saying “the personal is political” and shows that even if you are not interested in politics, you still can’t escape it. The film turns into a thriller and a deep investigation of parenthood, masculinity and wounded pride especially when these notions clash with one another. It starts off as the story of one family and ends up revealing social and political issues deeply rooted in society as a whole.