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!