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Dir. Claire Belhassine
Tunisia, France, UK, USA. 2017. 85. English and French with English Subtitles
Hedi Jouini, known as the Frank Sinatra of Tunisia, continues to inspire revolutionaries and conservatives alike, striking at the heart of the post-colonial era and the nation’s continuing search for identity in the wake of the Arab Spring. But why did he keep his fame hidden from his family? Belhassine reveals the incredible story of the man behind the music.
Claire Belhassine – Writer/Director holds a BA in Drama and Film Arts from London University and a Master’s degree in Filmmaking from the London Film School. She worked extensively in the British media as a writer and stylist for Conde Nast publications, ‘Dazed and Confused’ magazine and ‘Entertainment News’. After completing her studies, she worked as a producer-director with clients including Sony, MTV and Deutsche Bank. She was selected as part of the new writers development team on Channel 4’s popular teen series ‘Hollyoaks’, and also worked as a script reader for Channel 4. This is her first feature.