TUNIS, As part of its special program for meetings with filmmakers, the Tunisian Cinematheque held on Thursday, January 31, 2019 at the Tahar Cheriaa hall, a meeting with the anthropologist and filmmaker Sophie Ferchiou around the theme: "Cinema and social sciences".

This meeting is also part of the action of restoration made by the Cinematheque for the work of Sophie Ferchiou.

This update of the films of the anthropologist, Sophie Ferchiou, constitutes a decisive step in saving her cinematographic work.

The negatives and video masters were not found, it is then a restoration made from recovered elements, after the crash of the hard disc of the director’s computer.

The saved digital copies were the subject of a correction for the images brought to resolution 2 K and a chromatic correction carried out under the supervision of Sophie Ferchiou herself.

During this collouy organized with the Institute of Research on the Contemporary Maghreb and which took place in presence of a large number of students and filmmakers, the debate focused in particular on the anthropological documentary and the relationship between decision-makers and filmmakers of fiction and documentary filmmaking.

Among the important issues raised: the existing interaction between the cinema and the social sciences which was at the center of the thematic of this conference.

Sophie Ferchiou is a filmmaker and researcher in the social sciences.

She studied Sociology at the Sorbonne. Since the 70s, she has published books on social phenomena in Tunisia and in Maghreb.

She is holder of a doctoral thesis about the handicraft art of Chechia in Tunisia sustained by a documentary film of 35 minutes and which was projected during this meeting, followed by another documentary entitled "Guellala" (1975) before closing of this conference with a debate between the filmmaker and the audience around her career and her works.

Among the works of Sophie Ferchiou: "Techniques and Societies: Example of the production of Chechias in Tunisia" (1971), "Lights of Tunisia with Olivier Martel" (1978), "Women in the Tunisian Agriculture" (1985), "Hasab wa nasab: kinship, alliance and heritage in Tunisia" (1999), " Plural Islam in the Maghreb" (1996), "Woman, culture and creativity in Tunisia" (2001).

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