“Maybe I will fail in my film, but we [will] succeed in making the music,” said Bouzid, sitting here with composer Allami.
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The film takes place in Tunisia in 2010, shortly before the Jasmine Revolution that resulted in the ousting of President Ben Ali and the spark that lit the Arab Spring. It centers around the life of 18-year-old Farah (Baya Medhaffer), a young Tunisian who hopes to pursue a career as a rock singer, despite her family's wishes for her to study medicine. Her band's music exemplifies the spirit among Tunisian youth leading up to the 2011 revolution, with lyrics exploring the desperation and hopelessness of the country's marginalized population. Bouzid felt it was important to examine the atmosphere in Tunisia prior to the revolt, and purposely closed the film without showing any images of the beginning of the revolution.The music, Bouzid explained, became central to the film and its development.The original soundtrack for the film was released in January.Despite the outcomes of the 2011 revolution and the film's warm reception, Bouzid was cautious of not displaying overenthusiasm for the changes in the newly democratized Tunisia.
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