Price: $310.00

    Code: 2426

    Directed by Elyes Baccar
    2011, 95 Minutes
    Purchase: $310 | Classroom rental: $125

    On December 17, 2010, 26-year-old Mohamed Bouazizi set fire to himself on the streets of Tunis sparking a popular uprising that toppled a dictator and developed into the Arab Spring. With remarkable never-before-seen footage, Tunisian filmmaker Elyes Baccar chronicles his country's revolution with searing, passionate images of demonstrations, celebrations and riots in the days leading to and immediately following the expulsion of President Ben Ali.

    To many on the outside (and even on the inside), Tunisia appeared a bastion of stability in the Arab world. But this image was only a mirage. For years, the Tunisian people have turned a blind eye to the corruption and systemic looting of their country's wealth and resources by the regime in power, led by President Ben Ali. In fact, before the uprising, Ali was preparing a campaign that would elect him ‘President for Life.'

    Mohamed Bouazizi's self-immolation, which was seen around the world, changed all that.

    Rouge Parole provides an immediate, up-close look at the uprising. It's a powerful documentary record of a nation shaking off decades of oppressive rule and taking its first - chaotic, disorganized but inspiring - steps towards democracy. Beautifully photographed, this is an uncompromising film that manages to capture moments of upheaval and exultation, not just in the capital of Tunis but throughout the entire country; moments that are now part of history.

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    Festivals & Awards

    * Official Selection, Doha Tribeca Film Festival
    * Official Selection, MoMA’s Documentary Fortnight


    "Amid the expected barrage of docus on 2011's Arab Spring, Rouge Parole stands out… That's thanks to Elyes Baccar’s accomplished eye, sympathetic and intelligent ear, and a wide-ranging scope that goes beyond instant headlines. By traveling to towns throughout Tunisia, he achieves one of the goals of the revolution, to counter regionalism and show the struggle as a nationwide revolt against dictatorship.” - Variety

    "Describes Tunisia as one — without divide — under their red flag. Together, the people feel pain; together, they feel the flutter of butterfly wings. Rouge Parole is integral film for those trying to understand the spontaneity and collective nature of the revolution ." - Al Jadid

    " Highly Recommended . Simply put, this film treats how social demand has turned into political action in Tunisia. While mainstream media often covers protests in the Middle East with burning flags, effigies, and violence, one should take careful note of the trend of earnest, articulate, and highly organized protests exhibited in this work. In terms of filming and music, this is just masterful. There is consistently brilliant filming, with both subtle and powerful imagery and transitions." - Educational Media Reviews Online