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EL HARA

For more than 700 years, thousands of Jews lived in the Islamic city of Tunis. Most of them lived in a ‘city within a city,’a neighborhood called the Hara. One conflicted young boy who was born here recognized the way in which colonial power was affecting his community — but also his sense of self. Not a Tunisian Muslim nor a French Colonizer, he existed, like all Jews here, somewhere in between.

The boy moved to Europe and became the most celebrated Tunisian writer of the twentieth century, a thinker in the same circle as Albert Camus and Jean-Paul Sartre. His name is Albert Memmi. EL HARA poetically explores Memmi's relationship to Tunis and how the places we grow up in haunt who we become, forever.