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Country: Tunesien, Frankreich

Year of publication: 2016

Format: Blu-Ray

Color: color

Language : OF franz./arab. m. engl. UT

Duration: 92 Minuten

Direction: Amari, Raja

Screenplay: Amari, Raja

Camera: Devaux, Aurélien

Editing: Catala, Guerric

Sound: Escallier, Ludovic

Actor: Abbass, Hiam


JASSAD GHARIB (FOREIGN BODY) is the portrait of a determined young woman looking for freedom: “Samia is from Tunisia and has arrived in France illegally, barely surviving the journey across the Mediterranean. Yet arriving in a new society hardly means an end to obstacles: How do you lose your status as a foreign body? Samia makes friends with Imed, who she knows from her home country. At first glance, he seems to have made it: he works in a bar without papers, has a flat and friends. She stays with him but soon realises that he and his social circle will not permit self-determination on her part. She decides to move on and manages to get Madame Berteau, a bourgeois widow, to employ her as a maid. Within the web of attraction and dependency that develops between the three characters, the camera always keeps close to Samia, making tangible just how urgently she seeks to take her fate in her own hands.” (Berlinale programme 2017)

The film has been shown at countless international festivals, including those in Toronto, Boston, Busan, Dubai and Amsterdam, and at the Berlinale Forum in 2017, and it has won many awards.