Four Daughters

Friday, October 27, 2023 - Thursday, January 4, 2024

Sneak screening and Q&A with director Kaouther Ben Hania on Thursday, October 26 at 8:45 p.m, moderated by culture writer Esther Zuckerman.  Opening night Q&A with director Kaouther Ben Hania on Friday, October 27 at 6:45 p.m. moderated by Vox film critic Alissa Wilkinson .

This riveting exploration of rebellion, memory, and sisterhood reconstructs the story of Olfa Hamrouni and her four daughters, unpacking a complex family history through intimate interviews and artful reenactments to examine how the Tunisian woman’s two eldest were radicalized by Islamic extremists. Casting professional actresses as the missing daughters, along with acclaimed Egyptian-Tunisian actress Hend Sabri as Olfa, award-winning director Kaouther Ben Hania (The Man Who Sold His Skin) restages pivotal moments in the family’s life. These scenes are interwoven with confessions and reflections from Olfa and her younger daughters, offering the women agency to tell their own story and capturing moments of joy, loss, violence, and heartache. Winner of four prizes including L’Oeil d’Or (Best Documentary) when it screened in competition at the Cannes Film Festival, FOUR DAUGHTERS is a compelling portrait of five women and a unique and ambitious work of nonfiction cinema that explores the nature of memory, the weight of inherited trauma, and the ties that bind mothers and daughters.

Nominated: Palme d’Or, Cannes

Tunisia’s official entry for the Academy Awards.

  • Country France, Saudi Arabia, Germany, Tunisia, Cyprus
  • Language Arabic with English Subtitles
  • Running Time 107 minutes
  • Format DCP
  • Distributor Kino Lorber
  • Director Kaouther Ben Hania
  • Cast Eya Chikhaoui, Tayssir Chikhaoui, Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali
  • Accessibility T-Coil, Assistive Listening

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