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Maktoub will be screened in San Francisco on October 8th at the Embarcadero Center Cinema at 3PM. Purchase your tickets here!

Film still of Sabrine from Maktoub

70 years ago, in Ksour Essaf, central Tunisia, a young woman escaped from her husband’s house and rised up against “maktoub,” which in English can be roughly translated as “it is (or was) written.” Now, in the very same place, she is witnessing a young woman, Sabrine, who is faced with her same fate. The documentary, originally entitled Tout est Écrit, follows this family as the drama unfolds.

Maktoub was written and directed by Sonia Ben Slama. Ben Slama studied Gender and Representation of Women at the University of Paris III: Sorbonne Nouvelle. She has worked in television for many years.

You can see the trailer for the film below, in Arab and subtitled in French. The film will be shown at AFF in Arabic with English subtitles.

The film was filmed in Tunisia and produced by Les Films De La Caravane.

Maktoub has been featured in a number of festivals internationally and won the Special Jury Prize at Djerba Doc Days 2016. The award was in recognition of Slama’s “fair and sensitive treatment of social and cultural reality that endures across generations”.

To learn more about the film, visit the website and the Facebook page.

Maktoub will be screened in San Francisco on October 8th at the Embarcadero Center Cinema at 3PM. Tickets can be purchased here!


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