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“I hope there will be an Arab wave of cinema. There’s a lot happening in our countries, and it’s important to show a different image than what you see on the television or in the news.”

We’re still spotlighting Tribeca selections helmed by women directors every day of Women’s History Month. Throughout the month of March, you’ve seen films by acclaimed talents like Bette Gordon, Nicole Holofcener, Mira Nair, Sarah Polley, and Kelly Reichardt.

Leyla Bouzid is a filmmaker who absolutely deserves to join their ranks. In her 2016 festival selection As I Open My Eyes, Bouzid follows a Tunisian teen who shirks her studies and disobeys her mother to take the mic as rock goddess in a local band. This is a tuneful and incisive gem about a young artist at the cusp of a personal and political revolution that should be sought out and relished by all.

Tunisian Filmmaker Leyla Bouzid Talks Her Musically Charged Drama As I Open My Eyes

(Source: tribecafilm.com)