Upon the Shadow


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Upon the Shadow.

We discover the mysterious side of Amina Sboui (former Femen) and her daily life. Her friends of the LGBT community, who live at her home, have been rejected by their families and the society. Through out Amina, we dive into their stories: Sandra (transvestite), Ramy (gay), Ayoub (gay), Atef (gay and transvestite). Many unexpected events keep coming and caught live…


Born on the 6th May 1984, Nada Mezni Hafaiedh was from an early aged exposed to different cultures due to her diplomatic parents. Saudia Arabia , USA, France, Canada represents a pool of developments of her passion for cinema.
At the age of ten, her hobby was already assumed, she used to produce amateur films and video clips by putting her friends and family as actors.
She goes to Montreal to finish her studies in business Administration, but soon changed her curriculum to follow her passion for filmmaking. Graduated from School of cinema in Montreal, she opened her production company to write and direct several projects which will be fast appreciated by the canadian community.
On her return in her country of origine, Tunisia in 2009 , she decided then to write her first feature film . What is more intense than producing a map of Tunisian society: Hekayat Tounisia 2010 (Tunisians Stories). Upon the Shadow (Au-delà de l’ombre) wants to express how much difficult is to grow and protect your sexual freedom in a homophobic society where it is taboo or strongly disparaged.


  • Title
    Upon the Shadow
  • Rights
    Festivals, Sales
  • Country
  • Year
  • Length
    80′, col.

  • Director 
    Nada Mezni Hafaiedh
  • Screenplay
    Nada Mezni Hafaiedh
  • Editing
    Tidal Zran, Noura Nafzi
  • Photography
    Ikbal Arafa

  • Music
    Yacine Azaiez
  • Sound
    Helmi Belfekih
  • Cast
    Amina Sboui, Sandra Neifer, Ramy Ayari, Ayoub Moumene, Atef Pucci

  • Producer 
    Slim Hafaiedh
  • Production 
    Leyth Production

    • Thessaloniki International Doc Film Festival 2017 – Human Rights
    • Pink Apple Film Festival Zurich 2017
    • Cinema Arabe Film Festival Amsterdam 2017
    • Pride Ouest 2017 Bern 2017
    • FICMY Merida and Yucatan International Film Festival 2017 – International Documentary Competition
    • Afrika Film Festival Cologne 2017
    • Transcreen Film Festival Amsterdam 2017 – Documentary Competition
    • Queer Lisboa 2017 – Documentary Competition
    • Gender Bender Bologna 2017
    • Queerischt Bern 2017
    • Queer Film Festival Oldenburg 2017
    • Beijing Queer Film Festival 2017
    • Chéries-Chéris Paris 2017 – Documentary Competition
    • Carthage International Film Festival 2017 – Documentary Competition
    • London Fringe Queer Films & Arts Festival 2017
    • Arab Cinema Week New York 2017
    • Brussels CinemaMed Film Festival 2017 – Medoc’s
    • Ljubljana International LGBT Film Festival 2017 – Documentary Competition
    • Mawjoudin LGBT Film Festival Tunis 2018
    • Le Garde Chasse théâtre et cinéma Les Lilas 2018
    • CinemAfrika Stockholm 2018
    • Les Rencontres Documentaires de l’IRTS de Lorraine Nancy 2018
    • Zinegoak Bilbao 2018
    • Zinegoak Extension Urnieta 2018
    • Zinegoak Extension Oñati 2018
    • Kvinnohistoriskt Museum Umea 2018
    • Ecrans Mixtes Lyon 2018
    • Afrika Film Festival Leuven 2018
    • BBC Arabic Film Festival London 2018
    • Cinhomo Valladolid 2018
    • ESSTeDesign Tunis 2018
    • Freiburger Lesben Filmtage Freiburg 2018
    • Tunis Doc Film Festival 2018
    • Panama LGBT Film FestIval Espacio Seis 2018
    • Arab Film Festival Paris 2018
    • Madrid Cinema Pride 2018
    • Korea Queer Film Festival Seoul 2018
    • PriFest Prishtina International Film Festival 2018 – Documentary Competition
    • Queerzzine Castelló 2018
    • African Film Festival Tarifa & Tanger 2018

  • FICMY Merida and Yucatan International Film Festival 2017 – Special Mention
  • Transcreen Film Festival Amsterdam 2017 – Second Runner Up
  • Carthage Internationa Film Festival 2017 – Bronze Tanith, ARFT Special Mention
  • Zinegoak Bilbao 2018 – Best Documentary

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