"The TV is coming! The TV is coming!" rings the cry throughout the small Tunisian village of el-Malaga, after a phone call from the capital announces the arrival of a German TV production. The town's cultural committee springs into action to welcome the imagined European and American audiences, setting off a series of hysterical antics. Laughs follow, as each member of the cultural committee attempts to inflict a different vision of an ideal history on the town, but so does a poignant message about small-town life and visions of the West.
The TV Is Coming (Talfza Jaya), by Moncef Dhouib. Tunisia, 2006, 95 min, 35mm.
Cast: Issa Harrath, Fatma Ben Saidane, Ali Abdelwahab, Intidhar Kammarti, Chaouki Bouglia, Abdelhamid Gaies, Jamel Sassi, Nouri Bouzid
Writer: Moncef Dhouib
Producers: Manara Production, Rougemarine
Cinematographer: Ahmed Bennys
Editor: Charlene Gravel
Sound: Faouzi Thabet
Music: Rabie Zemmour
Festivals and Awards
2007 | CinemaEast Film Festival | NEW YORK, Usa | November 8-15 | 323 Sixth Avenue @ West 3rd Street - New York, NY 10014 | www.washingtonmoroccanclub.org/cinemaeastfestival.html |
2006 | Cairo International Film Festival | CAIRO, Egypt | 2006 |
2006 | Dubai International Film Festival, 2006 |
2006 | Carthage Film Festival, 2006 | TUNIS, Tunisia | November 2006 |