It’s March 2020, and a pandemic is spreading around the world. Kais and Sarra, along with their cat, are trying to adapt to the new normal. Sarra works in the humanitarian sector. She helps people in distress. The pandemic hasn’t helped their situation. Kais has psychosis and has to take his medication regularly. As the days go by, Kais changes more and more. Director Nejib Belkadhi, in the lead role of Kais, uses the lockdown to examine a completely different kind of isolation, that of schizophrenia. Taking the form of a black and white thriller, COMMUNION is a testimony to this period as well as an interrogation of today’s world.
COMMUNION Direction: Nejib Belkadhi, DCP, arab./frz. OmeU, 80 min
Born in Tunis in 1972, Nejib Belkadhi initially studied marketing and business management before beginning his career as a film and theatre actor. In 1999, he took his first steps towards becoming a director. He co-founded Propaganda Productions along with his friend Imed Marzouk and has been directing since then. He continues to act and produce many films that have been shown internationally at major festivals and have won various prizes, including the documentary VHS-KAHLOUCHA (2006), the feature film BASTARDO (2013), followed by the documentary 7 ½ . (2014), which was filmed in 2011 before the first free elections in Tunisia. 2019 he attended the Afrika Film Festival Köln to present his feature film REGARDE-MOI.