With the critical success of A24’s The Witch, and the upcoming re-envisioning of Suspiria, witchcraft seems to be all-the-rage again. One of the next films to follow it this vein is the upcoming spooky Tunisian film Dachra. As ScreenDaily reports, the film is directed by native Tunisian Abdelhamid Bouchnak and follows on three journalism students as they attempt to solve a cold case for a class assignment. The case involves a young woman named Mongia who was found mutilated 25 years ago and was subsequently sent to an asylum under the suspicion of witchcraft. As the students delve deeper into the case they are pulled from the backdrop of contemporary Tunisia and hurled into the unsettling old-world of Dachra.
Dachra is an isolated compound deep in the countryside that is home to a cult of silent women and creepy surroundings. When the students are invited to stay the night by the cult’s leader, what was just a university assignment becomes a quest to stay alive.
Director Abdelhamid Bouchnak has described that he wanted to show his fear of witchcraft and how dark humans can be. All of this of course contrasted against the ideologies and freedoms of modern Tunisia. The primarily young cast includes Yassmine Dimassi, Aziz Jebali and Bilel Slatnia, all of whom ae Tunisia natives. Combined with the passion of director Abdelhamid Bouchnak, Dachra is sounding like a great addition to the world of witchcraft horror.
Dachra has been picked up by Paris-based Celluloid Dreams and will close out the upcoming Venice Critics’ Week. Dachra sounds like an eerily electrifying tale that is sure to garner lots of attention, which bodes well for Bouchnak’s feature film directorial debut.