The Man Who Sold His Skin

2020, 100’, Kaouther Ben Hania. V.O. with English subtitles.

Sunday 28 February 2021
Film screening at 6:00 PM. Beirut time.
Folllowed by a Zoom Discussion with
Kaouther Ben Hania, Nasser Yassin & Harry Bellet
about Arts & Refugees, Beyond the Frontiers
moderated by Joumana Rizk
at 8:00 PM. Beirut time.
Online event

The Movie

Sam Ali, a young sensitive and impulsive Syrian, left his country for Lebanon to escape the war.

To be able to travel to Europe and live with the love of his life, he accepts to have his back tattooed by one of the World’s most sulfurous contemporary artist.

Turning his own body into a prestigious piece of art, Sam will however come to realize that his decision might actually mean anything but freedom.

Producers : Nadim Cheikhrouha, Habib Attia, Annabella Nezri, Thanassis Karathanos, Martin Hampel, Andreas Rocksen.
Cast : Sam Ali/Yahya Mahayni, Abeer/Dea Liane, Jeffrey Godefroi/Koen De Bouw, Soraya Waldy/Monica Belluci, Ziad/Saad Lostan, Sam’s mother/Darina Al Joundi, Hazem/Jan Dahdouh, William/Christian Vadim, Marc Sheen/Marc De Panda, Sam’s Sister/Najoua Zouhair, Adel Saadi/Husam Chadat, Museum guard/Nadim Cheikhrouha, Syrian Policeman Rémi Sarmini, Syrian Policeman/Mouldi Kriden, Curator/Rupert Wynne-James, Insurer/Wim Delvoye.

Crew : Writer & Director/Kaouther Ben Hania, Music Composer/Amine Bouhafa, Director of Photography/Christopher Aoun, Camera/Nestor Salazar, 1st assistant director/Marie Fischer, Set designer/Sophie Abdelkefi, Editor/Marie-Hélène Dozo, Sound designer/Anders Billing Vive, Re-recordingmixer/Leny Andrieux, Continuity/Khadija Babai-Bouassida, Costume designer/Randa Kheder, Make up & Hairdresser/Maryline Scarselli, Make-up effects/Florence Depestele.


Zoom Discussion

Nasser Yassin is a Lebanese Associate Professor of Policy and Planning at the Health Management & Policy Department at the American University of Beirut (AUB). He was the Director of Research of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs between 2014-2020 & served as the Institute’s Interim Director in 2019-2020. He founded in 2020 the Lebanon Crisis Observatory to track the repercussions of the crises & to provide evidence and systematic analysis of various facets of the crises hitting the country. He co-chairs the AUB4Refugees Initiative that brings together faculty in AUB responding to refugee crises.
He holds a PhD from University College London (UCL), an MSc from London School of Economics (LSE), and an MSc and BSc from the AUB. His research and practice interests are in development planning and policymaking in fragile and transition states. He researches and works on policy and social innovation especially in areas of refugee, youth & health policies and programs. He is author of more than 50 internationally published peer-reviewed articles and books. His work on Syrian refugee crisis has been featured in many media channels including Al-Jazeera, BBC, The Economist, New York Times, and Deutsche Welle – among others. Specialties: Policy analysis; Strategic Planning for the public sector, Development Planning in Countries in Transition; Refugee Policy; Social Policy; Programme and Outcome Evaluation.

Kaouther Ben Hania is Tunisian director. She studied cinema in Tunisia and then in Paris-Femis and la Sorbonne. Her previous film Beauty and the Dogs, premiered at Cannes Film Festival official selection “Un Certain Regard” in 2017, won the Best Sound Creation Award and was distributed in many countries.
Challat of Tunis, her first feature, opened the ACID section at Cannes Film Festival 2014 and was widely distributed.
Her second documentary Zaineb Hates the Snow premiered at Locarno Film Festival 2016 and won several awards.
Imams go to School, her first documentary premiered at IDFA 2010. She also directed several shorts, including Wooden Hand (2013) and Sheikh’s Watermelons (2018) which had a long and successful run on the international festival circuit.
The Man Who Sold His Skin is her latest feature film.

Harry Bellet is a French art critic and writer. He studied art history before working for the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, and the Fondation Maeght, Saint-Paul de Vence. Since 1998, he has been a journalist to the cultural service at Le Monde newspaper. Apart from the many exhibition catalogs, he has published various books, including three detective novels and three historical novels centered around the painter Hans Holbein, Les Aventures extravagantes de Jean Jambecreuse, artiste et bourgeois de Bâle (2013), Les Aventures extravagantes de Jean Jambecreuse, au temps de la révolte des Rustauds (2018) and Les Aventures extravagantes de Jean Jambecreuse, au pays de Barbe-Bleue (2021).