IFFR review: ‘As I Open My Eyes’ ★★★★

How do you solve a problem like Farah? Principled, articulate but pig-headed, she is the whirlwind around whom Tunisian director Leyla Bouzid builds her remarkable debut feature. As I Open My Eyes is set in a very specific time and place: Tunis, summer 2010. It advocates the noble idealism, determination and exuberance of youth but equally acts as a warning cry against stubborn naivete at a point when the first waves of the Arab Spring were beginning to swell.

As I Open My Eyes/À peine j’ouvre les yeux premiered at the 2015 Venice film festival and is currently playing at IFFR – International Film Festival Rotterdam runs from 27 January to 7 February.

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