Directed by Leyla Bouzid
Tunisia, France | 102 mins | Arabic | English Subtitles | 15+
Set on the eve of Tunisia’s Jasmine Revolution, As I Open My Eyes (À peine j'ouvre les yeux) gives us a look at Tunisian youth on the eve of the Jasmine Revolution as they are pulled in all directions by conflicting forces: disenchantment, fear, creativity, rebellion against dictatorship, rejection of conservatism, and the courage to pursue their desires. Farah (Baya Medhaffer) is a young woman at a crossroads whose passion for music and her underground band is just beginning to get noticed. Soon enough, the police are alerted to the band's subversive performances and begin to harass them, and when Farah is detained and interrogated, she realizes that one of her friends is a snitch.