Challat of Tunis

by Kaouther Ben Hania



ACID CANNES 2014 – Opening
"Hilarious and acerbic" Variety
Directed by
Kaouther Ben Hania

Kaouther Ben Hania

Produced by
Cinetelefilms (Tunisia)
Sister Productions (France)
Six Island Production (Canada)
A man on a motorbike, razor blade in hand, prowls the streets of Tunis slashing women’s buttocks. They call him The Challat, aka “The Slasher”, and the mere mention of his name provokes fascination and terror. Is he a lone criminal, an urban legend, or could he be the creation of a political group or religious fanatics?

10 years later, in the aftermath of the Arab Spring, a stubborn young female director sets out on an investigation to unravel the mystery and discover the true Challat of Tunis…
Festivals & awards
  • Programmation — ACID Cannes, 2014
  • Grand Prize — Socially Relevant Film Festival (New York), 2015
  • Goteborg Film Festival, 2015
  • San Sebastian FF (Espagne), 2014
  • Flash Forward — Busan IFF (Corée du Sud), 2014
  • Press Critic's Award — Amiens IFF, 2014
  • Best Film and Director award — Beirut Film Festival, 2014
  • Special Jury Award — Festival Cinéma Méditerranéen de Bruxelles, 2014
  • Vancouver Film Festival
  • Official competition — Dubai Film Festival, 2014
  • Official competition — Cairo International Film Festival, 2014
  • Sarajevo Film Festival, 2014
  • Special Jury Award — Algiers Maghreb Festival, 2014
  • Bayard — Festival francophonie du film de namur, 2014
  • Special Mention from the Jury and Student Awards — Med Film Festival Rome, 2014
  • Antalaya International Film Festival, 2014
  • Festival du Nouveau Cinema in Montréal, 2014
  • Les 3 Continents Festival in Nantes, 2014
  • Rabat Auteur Film Festival, 2014
Fonds Sud cinéma
Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication
Ministère des Affaires Etrangères et Européennes
Fonds Francophone de Production Audiovisuelle du Sud
Organisation Internationale de la francophonie
George foundation
Doha Film Institute
Arab Fund for Arts and Culture
Ministère Tunisien de la Culture
Church development service
Visions Sud Est avec le soutien de la DDC
Enjaaz Fund - Dubai Film Market
Région Aquitaine
Agence ECLA
Final Cut in Venise Workshop
International sales
Distribution (France)