May 2015


Beyond Spring

Thursday 28.05.2015 7:30 PM | Saal

Admission: 5 €

Organizer: Werkstatt der Kulturen/ Mayadin al Tahrir e.V.


Arab Film Series

Women in Post-Revolutionary Tunisia

Tomorrow Was Better
(D: Hinde Boudjemaa, Documentary, Tunisia 2012, 110 min, Arabic OV with English Subtitles)


This sensitive, direct cinema documentary follows a homeless woman and mother of four children in Tunis during the first year after the Tunisian Revolution.

Tunisia is considered the most progressive Arab country with regards to gender equality and personal status law. The discussion will try to assess today’s situation after the appearance of the Islamists as political players.

Hinde Boujemaa is Belgian-Tunisian. Since 1997, she has worked on several feature films as a make up artist and costume designer. In 2006, she studied scriptwriting. In 2009, Hinde wrote the screenplay Under Paradise which won the Sud Ecriture award at the Carthage Film Festival. In 2012, she made her first documentary film Tomorrow Was Better.

The film was in the official selection of the 2012 Venice Film Festival. Hinde Boujemaa was moreover awarded the Gold Muhr for best director at the Dubai Film Festival. She is currently preparing her first feature film.


Beyond Spring - Arab film series


In 2010, the Tunisian protest movement triggered a wave of upheavals across the Middle East and North Africa that became known as “the Arab Spring”. However, there is also a history to tell beyond “Spring”.


With its specific selection the film series offered by Mayadin al-Tahrir includes documentaries and fiction films by filmmakers from several Arab countries. It aims at exploring some major social and political issues in the region and enhance our understanding of the various dynamics with regards to class, gender and politics in general.

The screenings will be accompanied by moderated panels with academic experts from the Berlin-based research program Europe in the Middle East – The Middle East in Europe (EUME) at the Forum Transregionale Studien, Berlin.

Next Screenings

  • 04 June 2015
  • 11 June 2015
  • four more dates in Autumn 2015 (in planning)


Viola Shafik, PhD, is a freelance filmmaker, film curator and film scholar. She authored among others Arab Cinema: History and Cultural Identity, AUC-Press, Cairo, 1998 and Popular Egyptian Cinema: Gender, Class and Nation, AUC-Press, 2007. She lectured at the American University in Cairo and the Zürich University and is in the selection committee of the Rawi Screenwriters Lab and the Berlinale World Cinema Fund. She directed several documentaries, most notably Ali im Paradies/My Name is not Ali (2011) and Arij - Scent of Revolution (2014).

She currently teaches at the Humboldt University, Berlin and the Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich.


In cooperation with Mayadin al Tahrir e.V. and EUME (Europe in the Middle East – The Middle East in Europe).