The Man Who Sold His Skin MA 15+

Still from the film The Man Who Sold His Skin, 2020, showing Yahya Mahayni facing a blue-tinted crowd of people with a purple tattoo on his back spelling the word “VISA”.
16 August
Arc Cinema
Dir: Kaouther Ben Hania, MA 15+, Belgium, Tunisia, 2020, 104mins, DCP, Subtitled

This poignant international co-production portrays a Syrian refugee separated from his fiancé, who trades his skin for money as a living canvas. 

Tattooed by a controversial artist and committed to sitting on display in a museum, Sam Ali’s body quickly becomes a valuable commodity in the international art market. 

With elements of romance, dark comedy, drama and tragedy, Tunisian writer-director Kaouther Ben Hania offers a nuanced and thought-provoking exploration of the complex guises of captivity and the price of freedom.

‘…an emulsion of ideas, each as ambitiously thought-provoking as the next’ – Austin Chronicle



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