Halfaouine: Child of the Terraces

Director: Ferid Boughedir
Country: Tunisia
Year: 1990
Running Time: 98 min.
Language: Arabic

A coming-of-age comedy/drama set in Tunisia. Twelve-year-old Noura is an impressionable boy who must learn to reconcile two conflicting worlds, the loving world of women and the vastly different harsher world of men, while also dealing with his own budding sexuality.

About the Director

Férid Boughedir

feridBiography: Director, critic and film historian Férid Boughedir was born in 1944 in Hammam Lif, Tunisia. For a long time one of Africa and the Arab World’s best known critics and author of numerous books, Férid Boughedir began by making two documentaries about the new cinema coming out of these regions: Caméra d’Afrique and Caméra arabe, both of which were presented in the Official Selection at Cannes. His first fictional work, Halfaouine: Boy of the Terraces, was shown in Cannes in 1990 to acclaim from critics and audiences alike and remains to this day the biggest success in Tunisian film. A Summer in La Goulette, in competition in Berlin (1996), also won many prizes. A passionate lover of film, he became Delegate, then Director, of the oldest Pan-African festival, the Carthage Film Festival. He finished Villa Jasmin in 2008, co-produced by France 3 and Arte.


Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Asfour Stah [Halfaouine: Boy of the Terraces] (1990).

La Mort trouble [Al-mawt al-akhîr] (1970 – Férid Boughédir, Claude d’Anna);
Au pays de Tararani (1973 – Hammouda Ben Hlima, Hedi Ben Khalifa, Férid Boughedir);
Nozha Raëka [Picnic] (1973);
Caméra d’Afrique [Twenty Years of African Cinema] (1984);
Caméra arabe (1988);
Asfour Stah [Halfaouine: Boy of the Terraces] (1990);
Un été à La Goulette [A Summer in La Goulette] (1996);
Villa Jasmin (2008).