Bezness as Usual
Bezness as Usual
Bezness as Usual
Bezness as Usual
Bezness as Usual
Bezness as Usual

Bezness as Usual

Regular price $295.00
  • Toronto International Film Festival
  • Doc NYC
  • Locarno Film Festival
  • *Best Documentary* | Subversive Festival 
  • Dubai International Film Festival

"Bezness as Usual lets contemporary sensibility confront tradition in a unique and intimate family portrait" - POV Magazine

"Beziness as Usual does not provide any easy answers. Instead, it is a film that deeply understands the complicated nature of familial bonds, especially when history, religion, money and feelings are deeply intertwined." - CinemaAxis

    A quintessential exploration of connate cultural diversity, this documentary reveals a 1970's phenomena when impoverished young Muslim men commonly seduced vacationing European women as practical means to get by;  The filmmaker, a love child of such encounter, traces his roots to construct a highly telling, remarkably nuanced account of contemporary Muslim life and its relation to the west.

    Filmmaker Alex Pitstra has lived his life pulled between cultures. Raised in Holland by his mother, Anneke, he longed to know more about Mohsen, his absent Tunisian father. Alex was the result of a holiday romance, conceived after 36-year-old divorcee Anneke met 23-year-old Mohsen in Tunisia. In the course of this documentary  he attempts to get to know his father, make sense of his roots, and bridge his own personal cultural divide, that clearly attests to a wider phenomena and the intrinsic dynamics between Europe and the muslim world.

    As Alex digs deeper, he learns his parents' relationship was part of a pattern. During the rise of mass tourism in the 1970s, young Tunisian men from poor families would target European women at beaches and hotels. It was their business — "bezness" in the local parlance. Alex wasn't the only child born of these encounters. He discovers a half-sister, Jasmin, in Switzerland and a cousin in Sweden. 

    Alex and Jasmin travel to Tunisia to meet their father. Mohsen is still full of the charm that had enticed their mothers. But there are numerous tensions to navigate, arising from his Muslim faith, attitudes towards women, economic disadvantages, and checkered past. By filming over a long period of time, Alex is able to create nuanced portraits, and weaves a novelistic storyline that reavels a deep cultural difference not unlike the discrepancy behind many contemporary global. As Alex probes his own motives and contradictions as much as he does those held by others, Bezness as Usual becomes a sensitive exploration of unexpected consequences, and a life torn between two inherently different, yet equally assertive cultures. 

    92 minutes - In Dutch, English, Arabic / with English Subtitles
    Directed by: Alex Pitstra 
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