As the first feature-length docu about the Tunisian revolution, Mourad Ben Cheikh’s “No More Fear” is exactly what one would expect: passionate, raw, and immediate. Sure to be superseded by more analytical works, “Fear” brings together news footage of the demonstrations with a variety of players in the revolution, providing a diverse picture of the groundswell that rose up to topple the dictatorial regime. Released at home immediately after Cannes, the docu will have its greatest offshore impact on smallscreens, such as the Al Jazeera Docu Channel, which provided additional coin.
Ben Cheikh largely focuses on the educated middle class, though occasional interviews with people on the street make clear the cross-class alliances that brought down authoritarian President Ben Ali after 23 increasingly repressive years. Everyone agrees it was a revolution spearheaded by the young, who overcame the population’s long-ingrained fear and rallied the nation via social network websites like Facebook and YouTube, and blogs. Close-ups of a man putting together a collage of photos chronicling the uprising provide some structure to the docu, which itself is a hastily assembled collage of intelligent, celebratory responses. Tech credits are largely problem-free.