Tunisian actor Mohamed Dhrif, noted for his role in “My dear child”, is dead

His role as a father in the film “My dear child” (2018), had earned him many praises and foreign awards. Tunisian actor Mohamed Dhrif has died at the age of 72, the Tunisian Ministry of Cultural Affairs announced on Monday (February 6th).

Mr. Dhrif first became known on Tunisian television in the 1980s, notably in the police series Ebhath Maana. The Tunisian Ministry of Cultural Affairs offered its condolences to the relatives of the actor and “to the whole creative and cultural family”.

Best actor award at the El Gouna Festival in 2018

Mohamed Dhrif had played in several Tunisian films including The man from the ashes by Nouri Bouzid, released in 1986 in Tunisia. And it was in 2018 that he stood out worldwide for his masterful incarnation of Weldi’s father, in the film My dear childdirected by Mohamed Ben Attia.

Read also: “My dear child”: parental love put to the test by jihad

For this role of a Tunisian middle-class father whose only son disappears to wage jihad in Syria, Mr. Dhrif received the best actor award at the El Gouna Festival in Egypt (2018) and at the African Film Festival in Tarifa in Spain. He had obtained a similar consecration from the Arab Cinema Center on the sidelines of the Cannes Film Festival in 2019.

Mr. Dhrif had also left his mark on the national radio, in particular radio Monastir where he had forged experience in writing radio plays.

Read the review published during the Cannes Film Festival: Cannes 2018: “Weldi”, parents facing the radicalization of a son

The World with AFP

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