Short Films Competition | 23 min | 2018

Sheikh’s Watermelons

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About the Film

Sheikh Taher is well-known for being a godly and respected imam among his people. One day, he agrees to pray for the soul of a woman he does not know. It doesn’t occur to him that his act of piety will cause him a lot of trouble. Hamid, his young Machiavellian and ambitious underling, takes this situation as an opportunity to precipitate the spoliation of Taher’s power.


Film Info

Section Short Films Competition
Year 2018
Length 23 min
Language Arabic
Country Tunisia, France
Premiere International Premiere

Film Credits

Director Kaouther Ben Hania
Screenplay Kaouther Ben Hania
Cinematography Samuel Dravet
Music Amine Bouhafa
Editing Rémi Dumas
Producer Nadim Cheikhrouha
Production Company Tanit Films
Sound Design
Sound Fred Bielle
Cast Ahmed Hafiene, Bilel Selim, Karim Charfi

Film Contacts

Directed by: Kaouther Ben Hania

Tunisian director Kaouther Ben Hania studied cinema in Tunisia and in Paris (Femis and la Sorbonne). She directed several shorts, including "Wooden Hand," (2013), which had a long and successful run on the international festival circuit. Her documentary film "Imams Go To School" was premiered at IDFA 2010 and selected for many prestigious festivals. "Challat of Tunis," her first feature film, was selected to open the ACID section at the Cannes Film Festival 2014. Her film "Zaineb Hates the Snow" premiered as an official selection at the Locarno Film Festival 2016, and then in Hot Docs, Toronto. Her last film, "Beauty and the Dogs," was selected for the Cannes Film Festival "Un Certain Regard" in 2017.