Rouge parole

Documentary by Elyes Baccar

94 minutes – 2011
Switzerland / Tunisia / Qatar


The Arab Spring erupted in a country where few would have expected, starting a political earthquake that shook the world. « Rouge Parole» is the story of the Tunisian popular revolution, emotionally told by its heroes through both their silence and their clamors. It is the story of Freedom, summoned by History.


Co-production with:
Doha Film Institute (Qatar)
Gaia Production (Tunisia)
RTS Radio Télévision Suisse

Festivals and Awards (selection)

Doha Tribeca Film Festival, 2011

Festival Cinema Africano Asia e America Latina di Milano, 2012
– Prix, Miglior Documentario Finestre sul mondo –

RIDM, Rencontres Internationales du Documentaire de Montréal, 2011

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Sales & Distribution

Akka Films & Gaia Production


Following more than two decades of silence, the Tunisian people finally make themselves heard. In the course of the revolution in Tunisia the people take to the streets, topple president Ben Ali and force him to leave the country; they rise up to speak out, something forbidden for so long. The filmmaker accompanies the first steps of a multifaceted society in rebellion on the path to democracy where artists, the unemployed, and farmers insist with passion on their right to express their own opinions. The film allows us to immerse ourselves into this seething mass of people between the emotional moments and the mistakes of a society that has been left on its own and is searching for a new point of reference, as well as their identity and their new direction.

The Arab Revolution erupted in a country that no one would expect: a political earthquake that shook the whole world.

Tunisia appeared to be a quiet and stable country, where life seemed pleasant. However, most Tunisians turned a blind eye to the corruption of their rulers and the systematic looting of their country’s resources, intimidated and tarnished by the regime’s cruelty and depravation.

Ben Ali was not facing any immediate threat and things seemed to be business as usual. He was even preparing a national campaign to become President for life! Nobody could anticipate the explosion that would burst from the chilly Tunisian winter, until that Friday of December 17th, 2011.

A young man set fire to himself because of hardship and oppression. Images of his burnt body opened the eyes and hearts of an entire nation. The fight for freedom and dignity had begun.

The people’s words and calls would roar crimson red! Red like blood, red like roses, red like hope… and fear!

Rouge parole is a documentary record of this event, and a strong reminder to all people that if they choose to live, darkness will fade, chains will break and fate will answer their call … no matter how long it may take or how brutal tyrants may be!


Directed and written by: Elyes Baccar
Production: Faycal Hassairi (Doha Film Institute), Elyes Baccar (Gaia Production), Nicolas Wadimoff & Joëlle Rubli (Akka Films)
Co-production : Irène Challand & Gaspard Lamunière (RTS)
Cinematography: Elyes Baccar
Editing: Anis Hammami
Location Sound Mix: Maher Nacheb, Selim Jebali
Sound Editing: Denis Séchaud
Sound Mix: Denis Séchaud
Music: Sofyann Ben Youssef


Festival Cinema Africano Asia e America Latina di Milano, 2012
– Miglior Documentario Finestre sul mondo –


Doha Tribeca Film Festival, 2011
CPH:DOX* Copenhague, 2011
RIDM Rencontres Internationales du Documentaire de Montréal, 2011
International Film Festival of Kerala, 2011
Solothurner Filmtage, 2012
Tromsø International Film Festival, 2012
Göteborg International Film Festival,  2012
DocsBarcelona, 2012
One World Festival – Prague,  2012
Festival Cinema Africano Asia e America Latina di Milano,Prix: Miglior Documentario Finestre sul mondo, du 19 au 25 mars 2012
Ljubljana Documentary Film Festival, 2012
Istanbul International Film Festival, 2012
DOK.fest Internationales Dokumentarfilmfestival München, 2012
Seattle International Film Festival,  2012
Journées Cinématographiques de Carthage, 2012