Dir. Leyla Bouzid. France/Tunisia/Belgium 2015. Arabic/French with English subtitles.
On the brink of Tunisia’s revolution in 2010, we experience life in Tunis through the eyes of Farah, a young woman on the cusp of adulthood. Farah’s family desires for her to become a doctor, but Farah is irresistibly drawn to music, her outlet for expressing herself. She has a zest for life, sings in a band and is discovering love and her city by night, all to the worry of her mother. As I Open My Eyes is an uplifting, endearing story of the Arab spring as experienced by a gentle teenage girl making sense of the pressures that surround her.
As I Open My Eyes (French: À peine j'ouvre les yeux) is a 2015 French-Tunisian drama film directed by Leyla Bouzid, her first feature film. It was screened in the Contemporary World Cinema section of the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. Baya Medhaffar stars as a teenage rock singer.
This film screening comprises the final film event of the 2016 Cambridge African Film Festival and will be followed by a Closing Party to which all audience members are welcome.