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Crosscurrents

Tunisia's fledgling democracy, through the eyes of two young women

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Rob Peterson
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An image from the documentary film "A Revolution in Four Seasons"

Tunisia stands alone among the nations that went through Arab Spring revolutions, in successfully forging and sustaining a democratic government after toppling a dictator.

The new documentary A Revolution in Four Seasons follows two young Tunisian women - one secular, and one Islamist - through the post-revolution era, as they each pursue their passion for a democratic future for their country. The movie was filmed over four years, and weaves the personal and political journeys of the two women into the fabric of Tunisia’s history in the making.

KALW’s Jen Chien sat down with San Francisco-based filmmakers Jessie Deeter, who wrote and directed the film, and Sara Maamouri, who co-produced and co-edited, to talk about what it was like to follow these women’s stories

"Tunisian people, and the Arab people, and the Muslim people in general, they deserve democracy, and they can live in a democratic atmosphere. I have to give my people this hope."

"A Revolution in Four Seasons" will screen on February 11 and February 12 as part of SF IndieFest.

Jen Chien was the managing editor for Crosscurrents and KALW News from 2016 to 2018. She has been a contributor to All Things Considered, Radio Netherlands Worldwide, BBC/PRI’s The World, Making Contact, SF Public Press, East Bay Express, New America Media, and KPFA in Berkeley, where she took part in the First Voice Apprenticeship Program. She is the recipient of the 2013 Outstanding Emerging Journalist Award from the Society of Professional Journalists of Northern California. She holds a BA in American Studies from Smith College, and an MA in Interdisciplinary Performance from New College of California. Before entering the field of journalism, she had a successful career as a professional dance and theater artist, teacher, and massage therapist.