‘Noura’s Dream’ Director Hinde Boujemaa Owes It All to the Arab Spring

San Sebastian — Hinde Boujemaa might have started her filmmaking career later than others, but she hasn’t lost any time in the subsequent years. The Tunisian director’s 2012 documentary “It Was Better Tomorrow” premiered at the Venice Film Festival, and she now returns with her feature-length fiction debut, “Noura’s Dream,” which follows a working-class woman seeking a divorce from her hoodlum husband while trying to build something new with another partner.

The film premiered in Toronto earlier this month, is currently playing San Sebastian as part of the festival’s New Directors program, and will head to the BFI London Film Festival in October.

Variety sat down with the director in San Sebastian.

You came to filmmaking later in life, and your story is rather unique. Could you tell us how you got started?

I began in the least sexy period of a woman’s life. When you’re in your forties,
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