Democracy, a Tunisian disillusion

Last summer, the Tunisian people supported their president's coup de force, which gave him full political powers. They were tired of a parliamentary democracy that, in their view, had plunged the country into crisis.

Tunisia's ten years of democracy have coincided with a deterioration in the living conditions of the Tunisian people. Imposed by President Kaïs Saïed, the state of emergency in force effectively gives him more power than the autocrat Ben Ali ever had during his 23-year reign, which ended in January 2011. When the international community asks Kaïs Saïed to return quickly to the Constitution adopted in 2014, Tunisians retort that the elected representatives of parliamentary democracy, at best incompetent and at worst corrupt, have only aggravated the economic crisis. The film She Had a Dream follows the journey of Ghofrane Binous, a young Tunisian woman running for the 2019 legislative elections. We sense the exasperation and disillusionment of the Tunisian population, tired of their politicians' empty promises.

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Wednesday 9 March


Grütli - Salle Simon

Followed by the debate: Democracy, a Tunisian disillusion


Co-presented by the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) and ARTE


Ghofrane Binous Activist fighting against racial and gender discrimination in Tunisia and protagonist of the film She Had a Dream

Lobna Jeribi Tunisian politician, member of the Constitutional Assembly of 2011

Amna Guellali Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa, Amnesty International

Moderated by

Frédéric Bobin Correspondent for North Africa, Le Monde

To go further

“Quelles sont les causes de la crise politique en Tunisie?“ dans France Culture, 27/07/21.

BADUEL Robert Pierre, “En Tunisie, tout semble encore possible“ dans Orient XXIm 27/09/21.

This debat is preceded by the movie:

Compétition - Grand ReportageFilms en VOD

She had a dream

By Raja Amari

Ghofrane Binous, 25, is a young black woman whose freedom and wild energy embody the effervescence of contemporary Tunisia. During a crucial election year for her country, she gets involved in politics. Through Ghofrane and her courage, filmmaker Raja Amari (Satin Rouge) tells the story of the many faces of a country in transformation, teetering between utopia and disillusionment.

Co-présented with ARTE

  • Section Compétition - Grand Reportage & Films en VOD
  • Original language(s) French & Arabic
  • Subtitle(s) French & English


Raja Amari


  • Fabienne Servan Schreiber
  • Estelle Mauriac
  • Arte France

World sales

  • Cinétévé


  • Gorka Gallier

Rights holder

  • Fabienne Servan Schreiber


  • Karine Aulnette


  • Djengo Hartlap
  • Nicolas Becker


  • Ludovic Escallier
  • Benjamin Laurent


  • Sébastien De Sainte-Croix
  • Elise Fièvet
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