Directed by Elyes Baccar

Tunisia, 2011 , 96 min.

Thursday Evening Documentary Film Series

Rouge Parole documents the Tunisian protests of 2010-2011 that ousted President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and launched the Arab Spring. The film offers an inspiring portrait of the country and people of Tunisia, their revolution and its immediate aftermath, covering key events such as the self-immolation of Mohamed Bouazizi (the “spark” of the revolution), Ben Ali’s final speech before fleeing the country, and interim president Mohamed Ghannouchi’s resignation. Above all, it captures the pent-up anger, fervor, energy, hopes and fears of the Tunisian people, young and old, as they pour into the streets to demand their freedom and, when secured, to debate and grapple with the hard realities of turning their country into a democracy.

In Arabic with English subtitles.

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