(Honey and Ashes)
CH 1996 80'
Director: Nadia Fares
Script: Nadia Fares, Yves Kropf
Camera: Ismael Ramirez, Ismael Ramirez
Sound: Hachemi Joulak
Editing: Kahena Attia Riveille
Music: Jean-François Bovard, Mami Azairez, Slim Larnaout
Production: Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion AG, Karin Koch
With: Nozha Khouadra, Amel Ledhili, Naji Najeh, Samia Mzali, Lara Chaouachi, Slim Larnaout, Jamel Sassi, Mouna Noureddine, Abdelmajid Lakhal, Mahmoud Larnaout, Chedly Ouerghi, Naima El Jani
Dschouint Ventschr MIEL ET CENDRES
MIEL ET CENDRES sheds light on the story and fate of three women trapped between tradition and modern life in North Africa today. Naima, a doctor, Amina, a graduate, and Leila, a young student, are pursuing their individual routes to an independent life when their paths cross.
Aged just twenty, Leila (Nozha Khouadra) is a young, rebellious woman with an unbridled desire for freedom. She leaves her family and embarks on a degree course in the city.
Amina (Amel Ledhili), aged 30, marries her former, liberal university professor and believes she has found a degree of stability in her life. She tries to keep her small family intact, until the jealousy of her husband destroys everything. Naima (Samia Mzali) is 45 years old and a dedicated doctor and mother. She supports Leila and treats Aminas injured hand.
The three women share a longing for a self-determined life and the dream of a viable relationship in a difficult socio-political environment.
«Fares sensitive direction and the casts persuasive performances make this a passio-nate statement about the condition of women in the Arab world.»