Known for her work on celebrated classics such as Demain, je brûle and Hedi, un vent de liberté, Tunisian film producer Dora Bouchoucha has been named a jury member of the 77th Venice International Film Festival. Set to take place from September 2 to September 12, the festival announced that Bouchoucha would judge the Luigi De Laurentiis award, a category that examines feature-length films in a bid to award the best debut work.
Alongside a celebrated panel of world-renowned industry talents, Bouchoucha will join the likes of Italian director Claudio Giovannesi, who will serve as president, and artistic director of the Marrakesh International Film Festival, Remi Bonhomme, who will serve as the Biennale’s artistic director.
Touted as something of an institution within the film industry, Bouchoucha has spent the last 25 years nurturing the fertile yet often hostile landscape of cinema. Speaking to Vogue Arabia in 2018, the Tunisian producer expanded on the realities of being a woman, and the implications of attempting to claim space in a male-dominated field. “I have been involved in this field since I was a teenager and became one of the first women to take on a man’s job: film producer,” she told Vogue Arabia. “There were, of course, some female directors but very few producers.” Going on to not only claim, but create space, Bouchoucha’s success, is a manifestation of hard work, resilience, and an unrelenting dedication to sharing stories with the world. With her professional pursuits ranging from film to academia, the Tunisian producer’s presence will undoubtedly bring an unprecedented wealth of knowledge, experience, and expertise to the jury panel at Venice this year.