Performance of Hedi Jouini’s music by Mini Aswat Arabic music ensemble preceding the film, and special guests: stars of film — two of Papa Hedi’s children.
Saturday, October 13th
201 South 2nd Street,
San Jose CA 95113
$20 Single-show ticket or Festival All Access Pass only
Filmmaker Claire Belhassine was in her late 20s when she discovered that her grandfather was the Frank Sinatra of the Arab World, Hedi Jouini. From the theme song of a popular Tunisian soap opera to pop singers’ cover songs, including international superstar Ishtar, Jouini’s music still resonates twenty years after his death. Behind the usual story of siblings fighting over their inheritance lies the powerful dynamic of men’s and women’s roles in 1930’s Tunis and the sad but often funny story of Papa Hedi’s divided family – separated across continents, competing to define their father’s legacy. NORTH AMERICA PREMIERE.