France honours Tunisia director at Cannes

Tunisian director Nouri Bouzid

Nouri Bouzid hails Tunisian revolution as he accepts Legion of Honour medal from France.

CANNES – Tunisian director Nouri Bouzid hailed the revolution in his homeland on Thursday as he accepted a Legion of Honour medal from France — but wondered aloud about his future as a dissident.

In remarks addressed to his film-making compatriots, Bouzid — whose 2006 film “Making Of” tackled fundamentalism and terrorism — said: “Nothing must scare us anymore.”

“I have always sided with the wounded, the losers, the defeated, people who have nothing left but their rebellion,” he said.

But he acknowledged: “I do have a small problem with the revolution — how am I now going to challenge authority?”

Bouzid accepted his laurel from Culture Minister Frederic Mitterrand as Tunisia ends an 11-year absence from Cannes with “No More Fear”, a documentary on the uprising that led to president Zine el Abidine Ben Ali’s downfall.

Source: Middle East Online

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