Tunisia offers a remarkable diversity of landscape — from sandy beaches on the Mediterranean to the foothills of the Atlas Mountains to steppe and sandy desert. The country enjoys the reputation of being the most progressive of the Arab countries. It produced the Arab world's first written constitution, where women have more attested legal rights than everywhere else in the region, and abortion is legal. Tunisia understood that economic development is vital to the task of drying the pools of fundamentalist support in the country. Tunisian filmmakers depicted many subjects which are taboo in other Arab cinemas. State censorship in the area of film is simply more subtle.
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