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Machtat

Year
2023
Country
Lebanon
Duration
83’
Director
Sonia Ben Slama

Fatma and her two daughters, Najeh and Waffeh, are machtat, wedding musicians in Mahdia, a small city in Tunisia. The sisters follow opposite paths: while Najeh, divorced, tries to remarry to escape the

authority of her brothers, Waffeh wishes to divorce her violent husband. And Fatma navigates between the two, praying that things will go better one day.

CREW:
Director: Sonia Ben Slama
Producer: Tania El Khoury, Cécile Lestrade, Elise Hug
Cinematographer: Evgenia Alexandrova
Sound: Soussen Tatah (sound), Rana Eid (sound design)
Production
Khamsin Films, Alter Ego Production Co-producer: Lyon Capital TV
Sales:
Tania El Khoury Khamsin Films [email protected]
Awards
Golden Star for the Best Arab Documentary Film at the El Gouna Film Festival
Director
Sonia Ben Slama

Sonia Ben Slama is a French-Tunisian documentary filmmaker. She grew up in Paris where she studied art and cinema at the University Sorbonne-Nouvelle.

In 2015, she directed in Tunisia her first feature documentary Maktoub. The film tells the story of her grandmother’s marriage 70 years ago in a small Tunisian town and her cousin’s wedding nowadays in the very same place. Machtat, her second film, is in the continuity of Maktoub and explores similar themes from a different angle. From the point of view of three female wedding singers, the film raises the issue of marriages and rules for women in a patriarchal society. The film is premiering in the International Competition at Visions du Réel Film Festival 2023. It’s also part of the ACID Cannes 2023 program. Sonia is currently developing a new feature-length documentary project, 316 North Main Street, shot in the United States.

Selected Filmography
Maktoub (2015)
Hall «KINOMAN»
Zhovten cinema
Kostiantynivska St, 26
Q&A
Original language with Ukrainian and English subtitles
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Adapted subtitles
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Tuesday
04 June 2024
20:10
Hall «ANSHLAG»
Zhovten cinema
Kostiantynivska St, 26
Original language with Ukrainian and English subtitles
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Wednesday
05 June 2024
13:30
21 INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL
 31 — 9 
May
June 2024
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2023
Country
USA, Uganda
Director
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Duration
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Country
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Director
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Duration
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Country
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Country
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Duration
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Country
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Country
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2023
Country
Czech Republic, Slovakia
Director
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Duration
77’
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2022
Country
Croatia
Director
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Duration
90’
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