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Four Daughters


“The two oldest...were devoured by the wolf.”

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Director Kaouther Ben Hania (The Man Who Sold His Skin) blends memory and performance in the formally daring hybrid documentary Four Daughters. Tunisian mother Olfa Hamrouni plays herself alongside her two youngest daughters, as they sift through the conflicting truths of how her eldest daughters disappeared and reappeared as radicalised fighters in Libya. Using professional actors as stand-ins for the missing girls, Ben Hania guides the women through re-enactments of their upbringing and the events that led to the dissolution of their family, exploring the complex narrative of generational trauma and the unique bond between mothers, daughters and sisters.

Winner L'Oeil d'Or (Best Documentary)

Cannes Film Festival 2023

Nominee (Best Documentary Feature)

Academy Awards 2024

Four Daughters is radical in its honesty and courage.”

The Hollywood Reporter

“A heartbreaker about mothers and daughters, the cruelty of repression and the slippery but revealing nature of performance.”

Los Angeles Times

This extraordinary and compelling hybrid isn’t ‘just another’ documentary. It’s the most real reality show you are likely to see.


Why You Should See This Film

After being thrust into the international media spotlight, Olfa became an outspoken representative for many Tunisians who lost their children to radicalisation. Ben Hania creates a space here for the Hamrouni women to take control of their own narratives, giving Eya and Tayssir (playing themselves) an opportunity to talk to their mother about her strict discipline and the role it may have played in alienating their older sisters. Four Daughters uses ambitious storytelling and subversive nonfiction techniques to craft a compelling and deeply resonant portrait of a family in flux.

Kaouther Ben Hania
Olfa Hamrouni, Eya Chikhaoui, Tayssir Chikhaoui
107 minutes
French, Arabic with English subtitles

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