"Hidden Beauties" by Nouri Bouzid (Tunisia, 2012, 105 min) - Alwan Film Festival 2013
Surrounded by the turmoil of revolution, Zainab and Aisha are determined to change the course of their own lives. Brahim, Zainab's fiancé, wants her to don the veil; and Hamza, Zainab's brother and Aisha's love interest, disapproves of the women's lifestyle and choices. Aisha, under pressure to remove her veil from her boss at work, she struggles to balance her beliefs with the need for income. As one woman resists putting on the veil and another resists taking it off, the two friends share a common stand against patriarchy. Veteran director Nouri Bouzid portrays sensitive accounts of family drama and tortured romance against the backdrop of revolutionary turmoil in the Arab world.
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