IFFR Live: As I Open My Eyes

In a few days, on Friday 29 January 2016 at 20:00 hrs, the second edition of IFFR Live will kick off with Leyla Bouzid's impressive debut film As I Open My Eyes. The film event will simultaneously screen in cinemas across Europe and online via Festival Scope.

Set in the summer of 2010 on the eve of the Tunisian Jasmine Revolution, Farah is a rebellious 18-year-old teenager. Her overly concerned mother would like her to study medicine, but the undaunted Farah prefers to sing in an underground band. She is in love with the oud player, likes to sing politically provocative songs, drinks beer in public for the first time and shows an interest in sex – developments her mother follows with dismay. When Farah disappears one day, it looks as if she’s off on one of her usual escapades. But is she really?

By far the best fictional film about the Arab Spring

As I Open My Eyes was awarded at the Venice Film Festival and Dubai Film Festival and is described by Indiewire as "by far the best fictional film about the Arab Spring". 


Directly after the film, filmmaker Leyla Bouzid and main actors Baya Medhaffar (Farah) and Ghalia Benali (Farah's mother) will take the stage for the interactive Twitter Q&A, which you can join by using #livecinema. Ghalia Benali, renowned singer, will also deliver a very special performance during the Q&A.


IFFR Live is designed to enhance, celebrate and extend the live festival experience of watching a film in the presence of filmmaker and cast. It presents five films simultaneously across Europe in cinemas, online platforms and in the Netherlands on TV Channel 999 via broadcaster KPN. For more information and tickets please check out