Ain’t No Time for Women

Sarra El Abed

IndieLisboa 2021 •

Canada, Documentary, 2020, 19′

In the capital of Tunisia, a group of women, gathered at Saïda’s salon, anticipate the presidential election due the next day. The various women represent the country’s turmoil, the political forces in conflict and the debates that concern them.

Politics, feminism, and hairstyles. These are issues hand in hand in a hairdresser in Tunis on the eve of the presidential elections. We follow the lively conversations of the usual customers discussing which candidate will be best for the country, and who will contribute most to a fair and egalitarian promotion of the status of women. Sarra El Abed returns to her home city and, with Agnès Varda and Pedro Almodóvar as her assumed references, she delivers a documentary that is as incisive and serious as it is entertaining. (Ana David)

Director's Bio

Sarra El Abed finished her degree in film direction at UQAM in 2018, where she was awarded the best fiction prize for her graduation project. Y’a pas d’heure pour les femmes is her fourth film. Flirting between fiction and documentary filmmaking, she likes to breathe whimsy into the ordinary and comedy into dramatic situations.