Soleil des Hyenes (The Hyena’s Sun) (Tunisia: 1977)


Ridha Behi

Cast list

Helene Catzaras as Mariem

Tewfik Guiga as Slim

Doghmi Larbi as Haj Ibrahim

Mahmoud Moursy as Lamine

El Omari as Omda

Ahmed Snoussi as Tahar


Written by Ridha Behi

Produced by Willem Thijssen

Music by Nicola Piovani

Cinematography by Theo Van de Sande


After a German development company builds a resort on a small fishing village on the coast of Tunisia, all the men leave their boats and fishing for construction jobs. Many desert their boats and the business that had once made the town thrive and are extremely successful for a while. However, once the jobs end, the community finds itself and has no real place in the modernized world they helped to construct. Lamine and Tahar attempt to resist the efforts of the German developers and remain on their boats.


Ted Swedenburg, Rethinking Middle East Tourism (Online Network)

John Anderson, The Past is Always Present, Even Uninvited (Newspaper)

Kchir-Bendana, Kmar. "Ideologies of the Nation in Tunisian Cinema." The Journal of North African Studies 8.1 (2003): 34-42

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