How far would you go for freedom?

5/11/2021

“The Man Who Sold His Skin” is the second feature in full length from director Kaouther Ben Hania og has been praised everywhere it’s been shown. For instance it was nominated as The Best International Feature at the 93rd Academy Awards, Best Arab Film  at the El Gouna Film Festival and won two awards at The Venice Film Festival.

Sam Ali is an impulsive Syrian refugee who back turns into a living work of art by a European artist and turns into a walking piece of art. Slowly but surely Ali learns that he may have just sold away more then just his skin.

The movie brings together many different genres, drama, romance, dark humour and satire. It also shows the connection between art and human condition and two different worlds which is the world of art and the world of refugees.

“The contrast between the two worlds in the film shows a reflection on freedom. When refugee Sam meets artist Jeffrey, he tells him, “You were born on the right side of the world.”

The problem is that we live in a world where people are not equal. Despite all the talk about equality and human rights, an increasingly complex historical and geopolitical context inevitably ensures two kinds of people: privileged and condemned.” – Kaouther Ben Hania, Director.

The film is screened at Stockfish!