Four Daughters


Kaouther Ben Hania

With: Hend Sabri

Between light and darkness stands Olfa, a Tunisian woman and the mother of four daughters. One day, her two older daughters disappear. To fill in their absence, the filmmaker Kaouther Ben Hania invites professional actresses and invents a unique cinema experience that will lift the veil on Olfa and her daughters’ life stories. An intimate journey of hope, rebellion, violence, transmission and sisterhood that will question the very foundations of our societies.


With the support of Creative Europe – MEDIA Programme of the European Union

Festivals & Awards

96th Academy Awards® – Best Documentary Feature Film Nominee

Spirit Award 2024 – Best Documentary Award

César Award 2024 – Best Documentary Award

Cinema Eye Honors 2024 – Outstanding Direction Award

Palm Springs International Film Festival 2024 – Best International Film Fipresci Prize

Lumière Awards 2024 – Best Documentary Award

International Documentary Awards 2023 – Best Writing Award

Red Sea Film Festival 2023 – Asharq Award for Best Documentary

Gotham Awards 2023 – Best Documentary Award

Cannes Film Festival 2023 – Official Selection / L’Œil d’or : The Documentary Award / Prix de la Citoyenneté : Citizenship Award / Prix du Cinéma Positif : Positive Cinema Award / Mention du Prix François Chalais : Special Mention François Chalais Award

European Film Awards 2023 – Nominee for European Documentary

Busan International Film Festival 2023 – Wide Angle: Documentary Showcase

Toronto Film Festival 2023 – Special Presentations



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“A revelatory, poignant blend of drama, memory, and self-scrutiny.”

– Richard Brody, The New Yorker


“Formally daring, emotionally gripping…a heartbreaker about mothers and daughters, the cruelty of repression and the slippery but revealing nature of performance.”

– Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times


“One of the best films of the year. Full of joy and laughter, as well as tears.. but most of all, it’s filled with life, and all the triumphs and pleasure, pain and disappointments that go with it.”

– G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle


“An enthralling narrative about memory, motherhood and the inherited traumas of a patriarchal society… radical in its honesty and courage.”

– Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter


“Utterly transfixing …an exhilarating confrontation between truth and performance, past and present.”

– Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter


“A distinctive, daring and original work.”

– Wendy Ide, Screen Daily


“Compelling, ambitious… a therapeutic exercise, and a commentary on the filmmaking process itself.”

– Jessica Kiang, Variety


“A daring and emotional act of cinematic… healing. Cathartic, affecting and original.”

– Philip De Semlyen, Time Out

Original title: Les Filles d'Olfa


Nationality: France – Tunisia – Germany - Saudi Arabia

Year of production: 2023

Running time: 110'

Language: Arabic


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