Four Daughters (Les filles d’Olfa) Saturday, December 16, 2023 7 p.m.-9 p.m.
Tunisia’s submission to the Academy Awards is a riveting exploration of rebellion, memory, and sisterhood that reconstructs the story of Olfa Hamrouni and her four daughters. Unpacking a complex family history through interviews and reenactments, the film examines how the mother’s two eldest were radicalized by Islamic extremists.
“Takes us into the intimate, inner circle of family ties to tell a larger story of our time.”—Sharon Waxman, TheWrap
Winner of four prizes including L’Oeil d'Or (Best Documentary) when it screened in competition at the Cannes Film Festival, Four Daughters is a compelling portrait of five women and a unique and ambitious work of nonfiction cinema that explores the nature of memory, the weight of inherited trauma, and the ties that bind mothers and daughters.
- Winner: L'Oeil d'Or (Best Documentary) — Cannes Film Festival
- Winner: Best Documentary — Gotham Awards
- Winner: ARRI Award (Best International Film) — Munich Int’l Film Festival
- Winner: International Competition Jury Prize — Brussels Int’l Film Festival
- Winner: Best Feature — Philadelphia Film Festival
- Winner: Documentary Competition — Montclair Film Festival
Underwriting for the Film Department is provided by Tenaris, The June Leaf and Robert Frank Foundation, and the Vaughn Foundation.
Generous funding is provided by The Consulate General of the Republic of Korea; Nina and Michael Zilkha; Lois Chiles; Foundation for Independent Media Arts; Franci Neely; Carrin Patman and Jim Derrick; Ms. Laurence Unger; L'Alliance Française de Houston; and ILEX Foundation.
Four Daughters (Les filles d’Olfa)
Directed by Kaouther Ben Hania
(France/Tunisia/Germany/Saudi Arabia, 2023, 107 minutes, in Arabic with English subtitles)
Lynn Wyatt Theater, digital