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CMU International Film Festival Presents – Opening Night: Four Daughters

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Opening Night: Four Daughters

Thursday, March 21, 2024

Kelly Strayhorn Theater | 5941 Penn Ave.
Tickets: $15 ($10 for Students and Patrons Age 65+)


At the CMU International Film Festival Opening Night feature of Oscar-nominated Four Daughters, audiences will travel to the days of the Tunisian revolution in a film-within-a-documentary, where the casting splits between real-life members of Olfa Hamrouni, her family, and three stand-in performers.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker Kaouther Ben Hania moderated by CMU Professor Nevine Abraham and a catered reception with Tunisian specialties from Salem’s Market.

Four Daughters depicts the struggles of motherhood and sisterhood in an influential world. The film places a family’s past trauma onto display as a chance to relive and cope with the influence radicalized religion had on the disappearance of Olfa Hamrouni’s two eldest daughters. Two actors take the role of Ghofrane and Rahma—the two daughters that disappeared after being radicalized by Islamic extremists.

Kaouther Hania creates a documentary focused on reliving and unpacking the memories of their past with the effects of their culture and womanhood. How do we face and challenge our place in the world? How do we cope with our past?

“As Olfa and the sisters give perspective on their shared trauma and heartbreak and discuss the underlying principles of it with each other and the actresses, what ensues is not simply the story of a family but a tour de force examination of women’s place in the world and the costs of how they choose to cope with it.” (Peyton Robinson – Roger Ebert)

● The Academy Awards: Best Documentary Feature Nomination
● The Academy Awards: Tunisia’s Official Selection for Best International Feature
● Palm Spring International Film Festival: FIPRESCI Prize
● Cannes Film Festival: Golden Eye
● Gotham Independent Film Award: Best Documentary
● Munich Film Festival: ARRI/OSRAM Award

Presented by: Duolingo, Heinz College DICE, CMU Center for the Arts in Society

Sponsored By: CMU Modern Languages Department, University of Pittsburgh Frederick Honors College, The Documentary Salon