Moufida Tlatli
in Postcolonial African cinema
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At first glance, Moufida Tlatli's rapidly growing international reputation might seem to align her closely with Djibril Diop Mambety, since the widely acknowledged status of both is based on a very limited cinematic output: in Mambety's case, two feature films and a handful of shorts; in Tlatli's, just two feature films. Tlatli's first film Samt al-Qsur was released in 1994. The story of the illegitimate daughter of a servant growing up in a princely palace in Tunis in the final period of the French colonial regime, it won prizes at Cannes, San Francisco, Carthage, and Toronto film festivals, and was even commercial success. Tlatli's second film, Mawsim al-Rijal is a study of the lives of women in the Tunisian south whose husbands leave to work in the capital for eleven months a year, returning only for their brief 'season'.


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