Tunisia set off a wave of change known as the Arab Spring in 2012 and in Manele Labidi's delightful debut comedy we get a window into how rapid social changes are affecting Tunisian society through the wonderfully-drawn offbeat characters we meet in Arab Blues.
After years of living in France, Selma (played by the luminous Golshifteh Farahani) decides to return to her hometown of Tunis to open her own practice as a psychoanalyst. She gets a great deal more than she bargained for when a cast of colorful new patients begins to show up for treatment.
In this sophisticated comedy, Labidi opens a fascinating window into modern Tunisia at a crossroads, with a story of contrasts, contradictions and culture clashes, full of vitality and humor.
This screening is supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and sponsored by TV5MONDE USA.