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Moufida Tlatli

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Years active  1970–present
Name  Moufida Tlatli

Role  Film director
Awards  Sutherland Trophy
Moufida Tlatli Moufida Tlatli The Season of Women Harvard Film Archive

Born  1947 (age 67–68)Sidi Bou Said, French Tunisia
Occupation  Film director, film editor, politician
Education  Institut des hautes etudes cinematographiques (1968)
Movies  The Silences of the Palace, The Season of Men, Nadia et Sarra
Similar People  Nouri Bouzid, Ferid Boughedir, Hichem Rostom, Amel Ledhili, Fatima Ben Saidane


Moufida Tlatli (Tunisian Arabic: مفيدة التلاتلي‎; born 1947) is a Tunisian film director. She was the first Arab woman to direct a full feature-length film (The Silences of the Palace) in the Arab World.



She was born in Sidi Bou Saïd suburb of the capital Tunis in 1947. She said that she discovered her love to cinema with the help of her philosophy teacher.

After graduating from the French Institut des hautes études cinématographiques in 1968, she returned to Tunisia where she worked as a film editor for different Tunisian films.

She directed her first featured-film The Silences of the Palace in 1994. The film was acclaimed critically and won several awards : Cannes Film Festival's Golden Camera, the Golden Tanit of Carthage, British Film Institute Awards' Sutherland Trophy, Toronto Film Festival's International Critics' Award and Istanbul International Film Festival's Golden Tulip.

Her second film, The Season of Men, was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival.

Following the downfall of president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in 2011 she was appointed Minister of Culture in the provisional government.


  • 1994: The Silences of the Palace
  • 2000: The Season of Men
  • 2004: Nadia and Sarra
  • References

    Moufida Tlatli Wikipedia