In a little village where, like so many others, time seems to have stopped. It’s summertime, field work is scarce. So, the men are either seated in cafes or taking a nap while the women, cans in hand, children on their back, take a long walk to the source. An age-old order and an immutable division of labor … until the arrival of Fadma.
Fadma and her husband, a native of this village, came to spend their holidays there. And without warning, Fadma, the ‘city girl’, initiates a silent revolution. Before Fadma’s arrival, the women of the village had never heard the words rest, equality, strike… Henceforth, they will start the belly-strike: as long as the men do not share the domestic chores with their wives, they will have to eat in the only café of the village.
Jawad Rhalib’s camera, discreet and respectful, captured moments of tension, flashes of tenderness, moments of doubt with modesty and admiration.
“Fadma, une femme debout” is a 2M TV co-production with Bentaqerla Production.