The Man Behind the Microphone / Claire Belhassine

The Man Behind the Microphone / Claire Belhassine

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North American première

Hedi Jouini, who died in 1990, was the most popular musical star in Tunisian history, known as the “Frank Sinatra of Tunisia”. His songs continue to inspire revolutionaries and conservatives alike. But why did he keep his fame hidden from his granddaughter? What dark secrets did he withhold from the nation that worshiped him?

In this poignant documentary, Jouini’s granddaughter looks for answers. The Man Behind the Microphone reveals the incredible story behind a man and his music and offers fascinating insights into Tunisia’s cultural evolution, building a profound portrait of the godfather of Tunisian music, father to a nation yet not to his family.

The Man Behind the Microphone premiered at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) in 2017

Jacob Burns Film Center: Saturday 9/22/2018 7:30 PM - 8:56 PM

Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM): Wednesday 10/3/2018 9:15 PM - 10:41 PM

Claire Belhassine

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