Film Africa 2017: FOREIGN BODY [JASSAD GHARIB]
Dir. Raja Amari
Tunisia, France. 2016. 92 mins. Arabic, French with English subtitles.
Seeking refuge from her radical Islamist brother, Samia longs for her independence and freedom and, like hundreds before her, heads for European shores. Haunted by fears of being followed by her brother whom she had denounced to the authorities, Samia first finds refuge at Imed’s home, a former acquaintance from her village, before ending up working for a rich widow, Leila. Her professional relationship with Leila soon turns into a sensual connection, leaving Imed torn between his religious beliefs and his sexual desires. Film Africa is delighted to present the London premiere of Raja Amari’s (Satin Rouge) fourth feature, which boasts a terrific cast, including Sarra Hannachi (Child of the Sun) as Samia and Hiam Abbass (The Lemon Tree) as Leila.