Scene from the film Babylon
Scene from the film Babylon
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After the insurrection erupted in Libya in the spring of 2012, more than a million people flocked to neighboring Tunisia in search of a safe haven from the escalating violence. When a massive refugee camp was hastily constructed near the Ras Jdir border checkpoint in Tunisia, a trio of filmmakers carried their cameras in and began filming with no agenda. This on-the-fly chronicle of the camp's installation, operation, and dismantling captures a postmodern Babel complete with a multinational population of displaced folk, a regime of humanitarian aid workers, and international media that broadcasts its “image” to the world. Visually stunning and refreshingly undogmatic, Babylon reveals a rarely seen aspect of the Arab Spring.


  • Original title
  • Direction
  • DOP
    Ala Eddine Slim, Youssef Chebbi, Ismaël Chebbi
  • Editing
    Ala Eddine Slim, Ismaël Chebbi
  • Sound
    Ala Eddine Slim, Youssef Chebbi, Ismaël Chebbi
  • Duration
    119 min (91+ min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Tunisia
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Production
  • Distribution
  • Festivals
    • The film has participated in more than 40 festivals and screened in art centers such as MoMA New York, MAC Marseille and MuCEM Marseille.
  • Awards
    • Grand Prix / International Competition - FID Marseille
    • Faculdade de Belas-Artes da Universidade de Lisboa Award - Doclisboa
    • Grand Prize International Competition FID Marseille 2012 (France)
    • Price-university arts Doclisboa 2012 (Portugal)
    • Jury Special Mention-"Open Eyes" Med Rome Film Festival 2013 (Italy)
    • Best Length Feature the 2nd Meeting of Directors 2013 (Tunisia)
    • Jury Prize at Film Festival 2013 Tripoli (Lebanon) is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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