AFFNZ Archive

Beauty and the Dogs

  • Genre: Drama
  • Length: 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Locations: France, Tunisia
  • Director: Kaouther Ben Hania
  • Languages: Arabic with English subtitles
  • Rating: NZ rating TBC


When Mariam, a young Tunisian woman, is raped by police officers after leaving a party, she is propelled into a harrowing night in which she must fight for her rights even though judicial power lies on the side of her tormentors. Employing impressive cinematic techniques and anchored by a tour-de-force performance from newcomer Mariam Al Ferjani, Kaouther Ben Hania’s BEAUTY AND THE DOGS tells an urgent, unapologetic, and important story head-on. A rare, startling film that is a striking critique on a repressive society and a forcefully feminist rallying cry.