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Four Daughters

Directed by Kaouther Ben Hania

France | Documentary | 107

4 Nov
Sat, Nov 4, 2023 at 3:00 pm PT

Guests Expected

Director Kaouther Ben Hania is expected to attend.


Innovative in form and piercing in content, Four Daughters tells the story of the titular Tunisian quartet and their unflinching, unforgiving, immensely complicated mother. This is a woman who used her husband’s blood as proof of their sexual consummation while at the same time being a horrifically strict parent to her girls. Now young adults, the women reflect on their turbulent upbringing with laughter and tears, and director Ben Hania employs the radical device of sometimes having actresses play the daughters to enact difficult scenes from their lives. Where the story goes is utterly surprising, sometimes shocking, and always riveting while also being a potent reminder of the difficulties facing Arab women in conservative cultures. The film was the co-winner of the prestigious Golden Eye award for Best Documentary at Cannes.

Director Kaouther Ben Hania

Kaouther Ben Hania was born in Sidi Bouzid, Tunisia. She has directed the features The Blade of Tunis (13), Zaineb Hates the Snow (16), Beauty and the Dogs (17), and The Man Who Sold His Skin (20). Four Daughters is her most recent film.


Film Details

Language Arabic

Original Language Title Les filles d’Olfa

Year 2023

Premiere Bay Area

Runtime 107

Country France, Saudi

Director Kaouther Ben Hania

Producer Nadim Cheikhrouha

Editor Qutaiba Barhamji

Cinematographer Farouk Laâridh

Closed Captions While closed captions are not available for this screening, this film will be presented with English subtitles.

Audio Description Audio descriptions are not available for this screening.

American Sign Language (ASL) Interpretation American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation is not currently scheduled for this event. For more information about ASL interpretation at our events, e-mail ADA@SFFilm.org.