The movies are available for streaming with subtitles in both Arabic and English.
Netflix has released four films from MAD Solutions’ distribution slate. This latest batch of MAD films includes Rachid Hami’s For My Country (Pour la France); Youssef Chebbi and Ismael’s Black Medusa (Ma Tasma’a Kan al Reeh); Roschdy Zem’s Our Ties (Les Miens), and Mehdi Hmili’s Streams (Atyaf).
The films are currently being streamed with both Arabic and English subtitles.
For My Country is a drama that tells the story of an Algerian-born young officer named Aissa who tragically dies during a freshman initiation ritual at the elite French military institution of Saint-Cyr.
Controversy arises over Aissa’s funeral plans as his death rips through his family and the army refuses to take responsibility. It falls to Ismael — the older and more rebellious brother — to keep the family together while they seek justice for Aissa.
For My Country was directed by Rachid Hami and co-written alongside Ollivier Pourriol, and stars Hugo Becker, Karim Leklou, Alicia Hava, Lubna Azabal, Shaïn Boumedine, Slimane Dazi, Samir Guesmi, Laurent Lafitte, Vivian Sung, Souhade Temimi, and Elyes Aguis.
Black Medusa — which world premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam — the noir film is set in modern-day Tunis, where a 25-year-old hard-of-hearing Nada leads a lonely life and works as a web video content editor for a start-up, communicating only through a smartphone app.
However, every weekend at night, Nada turns into a femme fatale, dressing in black and walking from bar to bar looking for men, drugging and sexually abusing them before leaving them unconscious.
Black Medusa is a contemporary reinterpretation of the Greek myth of Medusa in the #MeToo era. It also provides a snapshot of a young woman in post-revolutionary Tunisia.
Ismael wrote, directed, and produced the film in collaboration with Youssef Chebbi, who also co-wrote and co-directed it. The cast includes Nour Hajri, Rym Hayouni, Aymen Ben Hmida, and Aymen Mejri.
Our Ties — which world premiered at the Venice International Film Festival, and was released all over French cinemas and in Cinema Akil in Dubai — follows Moussa, who has always been kind, selfless, and there for his family; Unlike his brother Ryad, a high-profile TV presenter who is widely criticised for his egocentricity by those around him, with his only defender being Moussa, who admires him greatly.
When an accident befalls Moussa, causing him serious brain damage, he now speaks without any filter, telling the brutal truth to friends and family alike, leading all to resent him, except Ryad.
Our Ties — which was co-written by Maïwenn— stars Sami Bouajila, Roschdy Zem, Meriem Serbah, Maïwenn, and Rachid Bouchareb.
Written and directed by Mehdi Hmili, Streams stars Afef Ben Mahmoud, Iheb Bouyahia, Zaza, Sarah Hannachi and Slim Baccar and features music composed by Amine Bouhafa. MAD Solutions handles the film’s distribution across the Arab world.
Streams is a joint production between Yol Film House (Tunisia), Tarantula (Luxembourg), MPM Film (France), Clandestino Production (Tunisia) and Allam Film (USA). It was developed in a Canadian workshop (Grand Nord) and received the screenplay Prize of the Institut Français and the CineGouna post-production prize and grants from Tunisian National Center of Cinema, Film Fund Luxembourg and French National Center of Cinema.
The story revolves around Amel. She is released from prison after an adulterous affair. In the lower depths of Tunis, Amel is seeking her missing son Moumen. During her journey, Amel faces a Tunisian society in full collapse.