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Manity/Machtat (12A) + Online ScreenTalk

SAFAR Film Festival

A person with their hair in a bun puts on mascara in a bathroom mirror.

SAFAR Film Festival presents a double bill of screenings examining gender, expectation and tradition, including the UK premiere of Machtat by Sonia Ben Slama.

Fatma and her two daughters, Najeh and Waffeh, are machtat, wedding musicians in Mahdia, a small city in Tunisia. 

Filmed over several years with the musicians, Machtat captures the contours of these women’s existence and their contradictions: torn between their duties as women and their desires as musicians, between the freedom of summer and the monotony of winter, and between their financial independence and the authority of men surrounding them.

The film will be preceded by Hussein Ibrahim’s short film Manity (2023), where on a sunny day, Firas — an 11-year-old boy — accompanies his father Tayseer and his father’s friend Rayan on a bird-hunting jaunt in the Lebanese mountainside. What is supposed to be a calm hunting trip turns into an unforgettable experience.

Event ends 8.30pm


Tunisia, Lebanon, France, Qatar 2023 dir Sonia Ben Slama 82 min 



Lebanon, France 2023 dir Hussen Ibraheem 15 min



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