Honey and Ashes / Miel et Cendres

Director: Nadia Farès Anliker
Country: Switzerland and Tunisia
Year: 1996
Running Time: 80 min.
Language: French

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Honey and Ashes sheds light on the story and fate of three women trapped between tradition and modern life in North Africa today. Naima, a doctor, Amina, a graduate, and Leila, a young student, are pursuing their individual routes to an independent life when their paths cross.

Aged just twenty, Leila (Nozha Khouadra) is a young, rebellious woman with an unbridled desire for freedom. She leaves her family and embarks on a degree course in the city. Amina (Amel Ledhili), aged 30, marries her former, liberal university professor and believes she has found a degree of stability in her life. She tries to keep her small family intact, until the jealousy of her husband destroys everything. Naima (Samia Mzali) is 45 years old and a dedicated doctor and mother. She supports Leila and treats Aminas injured hand. The three women share a longing for a self-determined life and the dream of a viable relationship in a difficult socio-political environment.

About the Director

Nadia Farès Anliker

nadiafaresBiography: Nadia Farès Anliker is of Egyptian-Swiss origin. She graduated from Cairo University in 1986 and that same year, began to make short films. In 1989, she assisted filmmakers, Kieslowski and Zebrowsky. She received a Master’s degree in film studies from New York University in 1995.

(Source: AFF, Inc.)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Honey and Ashes (1996).

Filmography:
Magic Binoculars (1986);
Letters from New York (1986);
Projections on Sundays (1987);
Semi-Sweet (1987);
Charlotte’s Empire (1988);
1001 American Nights (1988);
Sugarblues (1990);
D’amour et d’eau fraîche (1992);
Made in Love (1993);
Portrait of an HIV Positive Woman (1995);
Lorsque mon heure viendra (1995);
Honey and Ashes (1996);
ID Swiss: Mixed Up (1999);
Festival Stories: Les Saveurs du printemps (2000);
Anomalies passagères (2003);
Expectations (2011).