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Open Access Tunisians in motion: Performing and narrating the (non-)political in Leyla Bouzid's As I Open My Eyes

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The film À peine j'ouvre les yeux (As I Open My Eyes, 2015) by Leyla Bouzid condenses performance and narration to create a space alternating between normative discourses prescribed by ruling elites on the one hand and the subjectivity of human agency on the other. Recent developments in the Maghreb have noted that issues previously attributed to the private realm, the cultural or social sphere are being politicized and thus become the focus of public controversy. Following postcolonial, cultural studies and space-theoretical concepts, the epistemological interest of this article is linked to a flexible, media-theoretical notion of the political, so as to discuss specific forms of social/private spheres and discourses of knowledge production in a critical analysis with questions about individual/collective agencies based on examples in the film itself.

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Keywords: (non-)political; Tunisia; agency; cinema; narration; performance; women filmmaker

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 0000000419369756 University of Marburg, Germany

Publication date: October 1, 2019

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  • The Journal of African Cinemas will explore the interactions of visual and verbal narratives in African film. It recognizes the shifting paradigms that have defined and continue to define African cinemas. Identity and perception are interrogated in relation to their positions within diverse African film languages. The editors are seeking papers that expound on the identity or identities of Africa and its peoples represented in film.
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