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Mette Hjort and Duncan Petrie

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780748625369

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748625369.001.0001

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Tunisia Florence Martin

(p.213) 12. Tunisia Florence Martin
The Cinema of Small Nations

Mette Hjort

Duncan Petrie

Edinburgh University Press

To understand Tunisian cinema means to interrogate the history of its complex relationship with the state, the genesis of its filmic discourse, and its relationship with its audience at home and abroad. Taking feature films as case studies, this chapter focuses on the history of Tunisian film national and transnational production as well as the history of its reception at home and abroad since independence. It also discusses the more recent difficulties of its distribution, given the wave of DVD piracy, and its search for an audience at home and abroad. Finally, this chapter assesses the strengths of Tunisian cinema's imaginative discursive and visual practices to duck various levels of censorship (political, cultural, et al.) at the various stages of filmmaking (scenario, production, postproduction, reception).

Keywords:   SATPEC, Amari, Raja, Auteur cinema, Baccar, Selma, Ben Ali, Zine Abidine, Ben Halima, Hamouda Boughedir, Ferid Bourguiba, Habib Bouzi, Nourid, Tunisian cinema

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