Farah is a fiery 18-year-old who wants to skip her chance go to medical school to study music and play in a band with her boyfriend. Hayet is her fiercely protective mother, who is having nothing of her daughter throwing away her future to chase her musical dream.
That is pretty standard stuff. It soon becomes apparent that Farah’s music and her association with her band members is dangerous.
Director/co-writer Leyla Bouzid, a native of Tunisia, tells Farah’s story and gives a glimpse into the time just before the Arab Spring in her very well-crafted first feature that draws on her own experiences and is filled with music, some from the great Iraqi oud player Khyam Allami.