December 11th Film Screening


The CAC and Aga Khan Documentation Center at MIT Present:



“The story of the first democracy in the Arab world.”
A Film by Feriel Ben Mahmoud
December Film


We will be joined by Guest Speaker Professor Rachid Aadnani
for a discussion after the film.

Date: December 11, 2o15

Time: 6:30 pm

Location: Center for Arabic Culture

191 Highland Av. Suit 6B. Somerville, MA 02143

About the Film:

On January 14th, 2011, the people of Tunisia took to the streets in mass protest and toppled the government of Ben Ali. The event has a tremendous impact in the region which triggers the Arab Spring. Following the revolution, Tunisians make the radical choice to draft a new state constitution. Called to the urns for the first free elections of their history, the citizens of Tunisia will have to choose which model of society they wish to live in. Islam, secularism and women’s status become the major themes of a campaign under high pressure.

Following the events day by day, TUNISIA, YEAR ZERO tells the story of a difficult birth: that of the first democracy in the Arab world. In 6 months, no less than 110 political parties were created. In this political turmoil, a few of them emerge: the Islamist party Ennhada seduces those disappointed with the revolution. Some other modernist parties, such as Ettakatol and the PDP, are divided on the content of their policies as well as on which strategy to adopt. Leading the polls, Ennahdha will confirm its success in the elections with more than 90 seats out of 217.

How could these results be predicted? TUNISIA, YEAR ZERO gives the reasons for the outcome of the elections.

This Event is Free and Open to the Public

Donations Welcome


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