Celles qui restent (France,Italy,Belgium)
April 24 May 2 2020

Those Who Remain

Celles qui restent

  • Ester Sparatore


Om El Khir is a real fighter. Her husband has disappeared. One morning, he left on a boat for Europe and she has since received no evidence on whether he is dead or alive. Alone with her three children, in her empty and white apartment in the surroundings of Tunis, she bravely takes charge of a day-to-day life changed forever by the absence of her husband. But Om El Khir does not give up. Alongside 503 other Tunisian women (mainly the mothers of the disappeared), she is in search for the truth, fighting so that these men do not fall into oblivion and rallying for justice to be done. The account of Om El Khir’s story by Ester Sparatore oscillates between her private life and her fight alongside the other women, two aspects of her life that have become interdependent. By constantly staying as close as possible to this dramatic figure, the filmmaker documents the birth of a new problematic and political space of protest. The story of these Tunisian women, present-day Antigone, shifts our perspective and reveals that the disappeared are now the victims of a Europe that has become a fortress. 
Madeline Robert
Length: 89'
Country: France, Italy, Belgium
Year: 2019
Language(s): Arabic
Premiere status at VdR: World Premiere
VdR edition : 2019


Laure Dahout  (Tiresias Films)
Giovanni Pompili  (Kino Produzioni)
High Sea Production
Scope Pictures

Sales Contact

Dounia Georgeon
Festival distribution
Tel. +33609674346


Language(s):  Arabic
Subtitles:  French, English
  • Monday 8 April
  • 18:15
Grande Salle

Followed by a discussion

  • Tuesday 9 April
  • 10:00