"The Man Behind the Microphone" is screened as part of "Shubak: Spotlight on Arab-British Identity" under the Special Screenings/ Programs section.
We are delighted to have the film director "CLAIRE BELHASSINE" as a Panorama guest, a Q&A session will be held with her after the screening.
About the film:
The Man Behind The Microphone
Directed By Claire Belhassine
DOCUMENTARY | UK, TUNISIA, QATAR | 2017 | FRENCH, ENGLISH, ARABIC | English Subtitles | 86 MIN
Known as the ‘Frank Sinatra of Tunisia’, Hedi Jouini is the most popular musical star in Tunisian history. His songs continue to inspire revolutionaries and conservatives alike, striking at the heart of the postcolonial, social and political upheaval of Tunisia and its continuing search for identity in the wake of the Arab Spring. Yet, despite being a peerless popular figure, Hedi Jouini kept his fame hidden from his family. Father to a nation yet not to his family, The Man Behind The Microphone is a compelling portrait of Hedi Jouini, the godfather of Tunisian music, directed by his granddaughter the British Tunisian director Claire Belhassine.
Official Selection - IDFA 2017
Official Selection - Dubai IFF 2017
About Claire Belhassine:
Claire holds a BA in Drama and Film Arts from London University and a Master’s degree in Filmmaking from the London Film School. She worked extensively in the British media as a writer and stylist for Conde Nast publications, ‘Dazed and Confused’ magazine and ‘Entertainment News’. After completing her studies, she worked as a producer-director with clients including Sony, MTV and
Deutsche Bank. She was selected as part of the new writers development team on Channel 4’s popular teen series ‘Hollyoaks’, and also worked as a script reader for Channel 4. This is her first feature.