• Completed

Category: Feature Film
Production year: 2012
Release date: 05/06/2013
DVD release date: 08/10/2013
VOD rental start date: 08/10/2013
Country: France, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates
Genre(s): Drama
Runtime: 1:45

Director(s): Nouri Bouzid
Cast: Lofti Ebdelli, Niour Mziou, Souhir Ben Amara, Bahram Aloui
Scriptwriter(s): Nouri Bouzid, Joumène Limam

Production company: Siècle Productions | CTV | Nouveau Regard
French Distributor: Paradis Films | Orange Studio
International sales: Other Angle Pictures | Orange Studio
Video edition: Orange Studio


Hidden Beauties is the poignant tale of two young Tunisian women striving to achieve the same level of emancipation enjoyed by the male population of their country – even as their fellow citizens fight for freedom. Surrounded by the turmoil of revolution, Zaineb and Aisha are inspired to change the course of their own lives. In a male-dominated society, that is easier said than done, but they are unrelenting in their pursuit of equality. Brahim, Zaineb’s fiancé, wants his future wife to put on the Islamic veil; and Hamza, Zaineb’s brother and Aisha’s love interest, disapproves of the women’s lifestyle and choices. Aisha, in turn,
assumes full responsibility of looking after her family after the death of her parents.
Under pressure to remove her veil from her boss at work, she struggles
to balance her beliefs with the need for income. As one woman resists putting on the veil and another resists taking it off, the two friends stand together in their fight. Their course resonates as a metaphor for all the uncertainties in the country’s political future.