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The Tunisian documentary “Four Daughters” wins the Munich Film Festival

The heartbreaking Tunisian documentary by Kaouther Ben Hania Four daughters won the first prize for best international film at the Munich International Film Festival 2023.

The film tells the story of Olfa Hamrouni, a Tunisian mother whose two eldest daughters left the country to join the Islamic State in Libya, never to be seen again. In his exploration of the history of Hamrouni, Ben Hania hires two actors to play Olfa’s missing daughters. The docu-drama hybrid premiered at Cannes, where it won the Golden Eye for Best Documentary (shared with Asmae El Moudir of The mother of all lies).

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