La Télé Arrive (The TV is Coming) (Tunisia: 2006)


Moncef Dhouib

Cast list

Ammar Bouthelja

Fatima Ben Saidane

Ali Abdelwahab

Chawki Bouglia

Nouri Bouzid


This film focuses on the small south Tunisian village of Al-Malga. The village is put into action when a series of phone calls from the capital announce the approaching visit of a prestigious German TV production team in the region. The villages cultural committee decides to project a positive image of the village in attempt to mask the negative reality of the nation. Chaos ensues when disagreements surface on the best course of action to take.


Young, Deborah. Rev. of The TV is Coming, dir. Moncef Dhouib. Variety 3 Jan 2007. Web.

Academic Articles:

Lang, Robert. “Strategies of Subversion in Ben Ali’s Tunisia: Allegory and Satire in Moncef Dhouib’s ‘The TV is Coming’.” Humor in Middle Eastern Cinema (2014). Print.

Lang, Robert. “Inventing the Postcolonial Nation/Constricting a Usable Past.” New Tunisian Cinema: Allegories of Resistance (2014): 223-258. Print.

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