Hichem Ben Ammar
Hatem Nechi, Louise Purnell, Anne Closset,
Elodie Colomar, Walid Mattar
Tunisia 2009, 85’ Arabic with English subtitles
A trombonist member of a fanfare in Tunis has the dream to see his son become a great musician. The child appropriates the project of his father and develops a virtuosity which enables him to join the most prestigious violin academy in the world: the Yehudi Menuhin School. Founded in 1963 by the famous violinist who gave it his name, the Yehudi Menuhin School is an academy which vocation is to train young virtuosos from all around the world. Anès Romdhani is the second Arab child who managed to join this highly selective British school. His admission to the Yehudi Menuhin School in September 2007 occurred in particular conditions, involving the mobilization of a part of the Tunisian civil society. This documentary follows the stages of this uncommon itinerary punctuated with obstacles and deals with the question of the nature of virtuosity and the status of exception in a rather conformist context. The film follows Anès to observe his growing up and to throw light on the conditions of his exile and the essence of his cultural roots.