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Cleveland International Film Festival } March 30 – April 10, 2022

Dear Son
(Weldi)

Year: 2018
Country: TUNISIA
Run Time: 104 minutes

Dear Son
Dear Son
Dear Son
Dear Son

For high school standards, Riadh and his 19-year-old son, Sami, are close. While the father and son enjoy running errands and going for walks in the park, most of Sami’s spare time these days is spent studying for his upcoming baccalaureate exam. His middle-class parents dream their son will go off to college and find a fulfilling career, and Sami has given them no reason to believe he doesn’t want the same. But just a few days before the exam, Riadh and his wife find their son’s bedroom empty, and Sami is nowhere to be found. He has taken his belongings and eventually sends word that he has gone to Syria to join the jihadists. Against his wife’s pleading wishes, Riadh decides to deal with his grief by leaving Tunisia to embark on a journey to Syria to bring his son home. A bold look at a courageous father’s love for his son, DEAR SON reveals a rare perspective from yet another category of victims tragically impacted by terrorism. (In Arabic with subtitles) —A.B.

CIFF43 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Monday, April 01, 2019 at 6:40 PM -
Monday, April 01, 2019 at 8:24 PM

Tuesday, April 02, 2019 at 11:30 AM -
Tuesday, April 02, 2019 at 1:14 PM

Sidebars
African Diaspora
Strangers in a Strange Land
Voices of the Arab World

Competition
International Narrative Competition

Director

Director
Mohamed Ben Attia

Born in Tunisia, Mohamed Ben Attia studied audiovisual communication at the University of Valenciennes in France after graduating from the Institut de Hautes Etudes Commerciales (IHEC) in Tunis. He directed five short films before breaking into feature films.

Filmography
Hedi (2016), DEAR SON (2018)

Producers
Dora Bouchoucha, Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Nadim Cheikhrouha

Screenwriting
Mohamed Ben Attia

Cinematography
Frédéric Noirhomme

Editing
Nadia Ben Rachid

Principal Cast
Mohamed Dhrif, Mouna Mejri, Zakaria Ben Ayed, Imen Chérif, Taylan Mintas, Tarik Copti

Film Contact

Community Partner

Northeast Ohio Consortium for Middle East Studies

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