Adolescence is largely defined by conflict between the younger and older generations, providing reliable material for many coming-of-age stories in past, present, and the future. Leya Bouzid’s debut feature “As I Open My Eyes,” a musically charged French-Tunisian film that follows a young woman as she navigates familial, cultural, and social ideal in the build up to the 2010 Jasmine Revolution in Tunis. The 18-year-old Farah (Baya Medhaffar) has just graduated and her family already sees her as a future doctor, but Farah has other plans. She sings in a political rock band, drinks casually, and discovers love and life in the city at night against the will of her mother Hayet (Ghalia Benali), who knows the dangers of Tunisia too well. Watch an exclusive clip from the film below.
“As I Open My Eyes” premiered at last year’s Venice International Film Festival where it won the BNL People’s Choice Award and Europa Cinemas Label Award. It was also an official selection at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival and won Best Fiction Film at the Dubai International Film Festival.
It will open theatrically in New York on September 9th at Lincoln Plaza Cinemas, on September 30th in Los Angeles at the Laemmle Royal Theatre, with a national release to follow, courtesy of Kino Lorber.