37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL Oct 30-Nov 3, 2024

37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL October 30-November 3, 2024

Beauty and the Dogs

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During a night out with friends, young Tunisian student Mariam is brutally raped by policemen. Forced to seek help from the very group of people who attacked her, Mariam must go to different police stations to obtain a statement that would allow her to receive a medical exam – a rule for all rape victims in Tunisia.  Mariam’s struggle for justice brings to light issues of sexism and misogyny in Tunisian society, as various men in positions of power dismiss her claims and urge her to withdraw her accusation to avoid bringing dishonor to her country.


Friday, November 10


9:15 PM


Downtown Mall : Violet Crown B

Film Info

Director: Khaled Walid Barsaoui, Kaouther Ben Hania

Runtime: 100 min.

Genre: Drama

Year: 2017

Country: Tunisia/France/Sweden

Accessibility: Subtitles

Featuring: Mariam Al Ferjani, Ghanem Zrelli, Neder Ghouati, Mohamed Akkari.