One of the year’s most acclaimed releases, this riveting documentary by Oscar®-nominated filmmaker Kaouther Ben Hania (The Man Who Sold His Skin) uses an audacious formal conceit to tell the story of Olfa Hamrouni and her four daughters. Attempting to answer the question of how and why the Tunisian woman’s two eldest were radicalized, Ben Hania reveals a complex history. We watch as the family relives key events in their lives with help from professional actors standing in for the missing girls.
Winner of the Best Documentary award at the Cannes Film Festival, Best Documentary Feature at the Gotham Awards, and Best Writing at the IDA Documentary Awards, Four Daughters is a compelling portrait of five women and a unique and ambitious work of nonfiction cinema that pushes against the conventional boundaries of the documentary form to explore the nature of memory, rebellion, and the ties that bind mothers and daughters.
Runtime: NR • 1 hr 47 min
Praise for Four Daughters
Academy Award nomination: Documentary Feature Film
“An enthralling narrative about memory, motherhood and the inherited traumas of a patriarchal society.” –The Hollywood Reporter
“Formally daring, emotionally gripping…a heartbreaker about mothers and daughters, the cruelty of repression and the slippery but revealing nature of performance.” –Los Angeles Times
“A daring and emotional act of cinematic… healing. Cathartic, affecting and original.” –Time Out
“A distinctive, daring and original work.” –Screen Daily
“Genuinely hard to forget. It will linger with you for days afterward.” –The Playlist