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Cursed be the Phosphate
Sami Tlili

Born on March 9 1985 in Kairouan (Tunisia), Sami Tlili is a young Tunisian director. A university lecturer in Sousse, he teaches History of Art, francophone literature and African cinema. Tlili is a former active member of the cine-clubs in the Tunisian federation of amateur film-makers movement (FTCA). He has directed three short films selected and awarded in several international independent festivals. "Cursed be the Phosphate" is his first feature length documentary.

Country of origin: Tunisia/UAE/Lebanon/Qatar
2012/Arabic with English subtitles/84 mins
Three years before Tunisian dictator Ben Ali’s government was toppled, an uprising in phosphate-rich Gafsa was brutally suppressed. Director Sam Tlili investigates the fates of the dissidents and life in the region today.
Director: Sami Tlili
Producer: Habib Attia & Dora Bouchoucha
Production Company: Cinetelefilms & Nomadis Image
Script: Sami Tlili
Cinematography: Hazem Berrabah & Hatem Nechi
Editor: Anis Hammami
Sound Design: Saber Gueblaoui
Abu Dhabi Film Festival - Award for Best Documentary from the Arab World UAE - 2012
Journées Cinématographiques de Carthage Tunisia - 2012
Human Screen Festival Tunisia – 2012
Douz Doc Days Tunisia - 2012
Mediterranean Film Festival Tetouan, Morocco 2013
Cinéma de la PaixTunisia - 2013
Bradford International Film Festival UK – April 2013
Doc à Tunis Tunisia – 2013
World Nomads New York, USA - 2013
Journées du Cinéma Européen Tunisia – 2013
Millenium International Documentary Film Festival Brussels, Belgium - 2013
Journées Cinématographiques de Béjaia Algeria - 2013
Primed Marseille France – 2013
Festival des cinémas Arabes – IMAG’IMA Institute du Monde Arabe – Paris France – June 2013
Festival Film Africa London UK - 2013
Festival du Cinéma Maghrébin d'Alger - Best Documentary Research Algeria –2013
Panorama of the European Film Cairo Egypt - 2013
International Environmental Film Festival Paris, France 2014
ArabischeFilmwoche Leipzig/ 6th Leipzig Arab Film Week Germany - 2014
AfrikaFilm Festival Koln 2014
Theatrical release:
CinéMadart - Tunis, January 2013
Madar, Tunis, January 2013
Amilcar - Tunis, March 2013
Al Manar -Tunis, March 2013
Special screenings:
National Premiere in Redeyef – Tunisia
Tunisian documentary month in Palestine Haifa, Yafa, Ramallah and Jerusalem - Palestine 2013
Instituto Europeo del Mediterraneo – IEMed - Barcelona, Spain 2013