Férid Boughédir

  • Férid Boughédir
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Film director, Writer, Producer, Film critic, Teacher, Historian, Screenwriter, Adapter
Column : Cinema/tv, Literature, History/society

Tunisian film director, screenwriter, film producer, scholar and film critic.

Born in Hammam-Lif (Tunisia) in 1944, Férid Boughedir is an award-winning Tunisian director and screenwriter, and for a long time was one of Africa and the Arab world's best known critics; he is also an author of numerous books. Boughedir's filmmaking career began with two documentaries about the new cinema coming out of Africa and the Arab world, Caméra d'Afrique (1983) and Caméra arabe (1987), which were both presented in the Official Selection at Cannes. His subsequent films include Villa Jasmin (2008), A Summer in La Goulette (1996), and Halfaouine: Boy of the Terraces (1990), his first fictional work. He served as director of the Carthage Film Festival in Tunis, where in 1990 he won the Tanit d'Or for Halfaouine.
Sweet Smell of Spring / Parfum de Printemps (2016) was Premiered at Washington DC International FilmFest, in April 2016; it is the last part of his trilogy. He is teaching Film Studies at Tunis University.

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