Le Sultan de Médina (The Sultan of the City) (Tunisia: 1992)


Moncef Dhouib

Cast list

Mustapha Adouani

Fatima Ben Saidane

Ben Smail

Arkane Bou Jallabia

Helene Catzaras

Mohamed Makali


This film is a drama set in the heart of Tunis. The story focuses on a young girl who is brought to the city by her parents for an arranged marriage with her cousin who is currently imprisoned. In the meantime, her cousin’s mother tries to confine the young girl to her room until the day of her wedding but fails to successfully do so. This film has surfaced many issues surrounding the treatment and human rights of women.


Cousins, Mark. “African Cinema: Invisible Classics.” Rev. of The Sultan of the City, dir. Moncef Dhouib. BFI Sight & Sound 10 Feb 2012. Web.

Academic Articles:

Martin, Florence. “Tunisia.” The Cinema of Small Nations (2007): 213-226. Print.

Martin, Florence. “Cinema and State in Tunisia.” Film in the Middle East and North Africa: Creative Dissidence (2011): 278-279. Print.

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