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Encyclopedia of Arab Women Filmakers$
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Rebecca Hillauer

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9789774249433

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774249433.001.0001

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(p.359) Tunisia
Encyclopedia of Arab Women Filmakers

Rebecca Hillauer

American University in Cairo Press

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.

Keywords:   Tunisia, Mediterranean, Atlas Mountains, women, legal rights, taboo, Tunisian filmmakers, censorship

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