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Four Daughters (15)

Oscar-nominated documentary following a family dealing with the disappearance of two daughters.

Four Daughters follows the life of Olfa, a Tunisian woman and mother of four daughters, while oscillating between light and shadow. One day, her two eldest daughters disappear. To fill their absence, director Kaouther Ben Hania calls upon professional actors and sets up an extraordinary film mechanism to unveil their story.

An intimate journey full of hope, rebellion, violence, intergenerational transmission and sisterhood, which will question the very foundation of our societies.

“There is real emotional warmth and human sympathy in this film.” – The Guardian

Part of Acts of Rebellion, a season of films celebrating the rule breakers and changemakers who challenge the norm and fight to make society a better place. 

  • DIRECTOR: Kaouther Ben Hania 
  • CAST: Hend Sabri, Olfa Hamrouni, Eya Chikhaoui, Tayssir Chikhaoui 
  • LANGUAGE: Arabic with English subtitles

+ Short film

The screenings of Four Daughters on 25 May and 6, 13 and 21 June will be preceded by the short film Bedlam, curated by archive activists Invisible Women.

Bedlam

  • DIRECTOR: Clio Barnard
  • DURATION: 12 mins

Bedlam involves an imaginary meeting between two literary characters, Bertha Mason from Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre and Antoinette Cosway from Jean Rhys’ Wide Sargasso Sea. In Bedlam, Bertha and Antoinette are confined and policed in a place where their experiences have been reduced to types of illness easily disposable in the field of curing.

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