Behind the mountains

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Behind the mountains (Oura el jbel)

original title:

Oura el jbel

directed by:


Majd Mastoura, Walid Bouchhioua, Samer Bisharat, Helmi Dridi, Selma Zghidi, Wissem Belgharak


Frédéric Noirhomme


Lenka Fillnerova

set design:

Fatma Madani

costume design:

Olfa Attouchi


Nomadis Images, Les Films du Fleuve, Tanit Films, 010 Films, Revolver, supported by Ministero della Cultura, with the support of CNC, Red Sea International Film Festival Fund, Doha Film Institute, Ministère des Affaires Culturelles – Tunisie, Sunnyland, Metafora Production, ART TV Network, VOO, Be tv, RTBF, Tax shelter du Gouvernement fédéral belge,Casa Kafka Pictures, Centre National du Cinéma et de l'Image - Tunisie, Fonds Images de la Francophonie - OIF, AFAC- Arab Fund For Arts and Culture, TV5 Monde, Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles



Tunisia/Belgium/France/Italy/ Saudi Arabia/Qatar



film run:





Ready (25/07/2023)

festivals & awards:

After spending four years in jail, Rafik has only one plan, to take his son behind the mountains and show him his amazing discovery.

It’s the story of a man who violently breaks free from his banal environment, subtracting himself from society with its principles, codes, and institutions.
Rafik is not an intellectual. He obeys to no ideology and cannot express his vision of the world in words. His acts seem to emerge from a passionate, almost savage drive. His rejection of a brutally conformist society is steered by an extraordinary momentum, a vital outburst of freedom, a deep desire to flee bland and standardised reality, a conventional bleak world which has become the reign of political correctness, of a single way of thinking where everything is rashly dictated. In times where fear and propriety rule the world, Rafik is a threat.
I wanted to show a man capable of widening the spectrum of possible in a country which has become schizophrenic, a world that has become absurd.