Ashkal: The Tunisian Investigation will begin showing on August 18, 2023, while Mon Pere, Le Diable (Our Father, The Devil) will be released on August 25, 2023.
By Hope Ibiale
Two African feature films, Ashkal: The Tunisian Investigation and Mon Pere, Le Diable (Our Father, The Devil), are set to premiere in U.S. theatres. Ashkal: The Tunisian Investigation will begin showing on August 18, 2023, while Mon Pere, Le Diable (Our Father, The Devil) will be released on August 25, 2023.
Ashkal: The Tunisian Investigation is a story centred around a police investigation that starts with a burnt body. As more secrets are revealed, the investigation takes a new turn. Fatma Oussaifi leads the film, alongside Mohamed Houcine Grayaa and Aymen Ben Hmida. The film was shot in northern Tunis and was directed by Tunisian director, Youssef Chebbi.
Produced by Cameroonian film director, Ellie Foumbi and American producer, Joseph Mastantuono, Mon Pere, Le Diable (Our Father, The Devil), tells the story of Marie (Babetida Sadjo), a head chef at a retirement home in France. Her life takes a different turn with the arrival of a priest, who she recognises from an ugly incident in her hometown. The film stars Souleìymane Sy Savané, Jennifer Tchiakpe, Franck Saurel, Patrice Tepasso, Maxence David, and others.
While speaking about collaborating with the streaming and distribution company, Cinedigm, to make the film available in U.S theatres, Foumbi said, “I’m so excited to be collaborating with Cinedigm for the release of my first feature,” Foumbi told Deadline. “This project was a labour of love on many fronts, and its distribution is no exception. It’s especially gratifying because they have been in our corner for a long time, and I believe they are the perfect home for us.”