// Presented as part of December's North African Series //
Kaouther Ben Hania / 2013, Cannes ACID, Amiens, Beirut, Dubai, Malmo, Medfilm Brussels, Medfilm Rome, Namur, San Sebastián, Sarajevo, Traverse City / 90'
In Tunis before the revolution, a strange rumor is in the air regarding a man on a motorbike, who rides around the city slashing the buttocks of women he considers incorrectly dressed. Ten years later, a young director hears that this man, the Challat (slasher), is set to be released from prison. She becomes intent on investigating the notorious Challat of Tunis, interviewing both the victims and a few suspects who seem to have disparate, if unequivocal, views on the urban legend.
Filmed in a mockumentary style, Challat of Tunis is an sharp, satirical study of the attitudes regarding women in this newly democratic nation. Kaouther Ben Hania's second feature participated in Final Cut at Venice; premiered at Cannes ACID, Dubai and San Sebastián: and won the Trophees Francophones du Cinema for Best Director.