Tunisia – Millefeuilles Library exhibits articles about beys of Tunisia


Location: Tunis – Tunisia

Language: Arabic

Voice: Natural

Duration: 00:06:28

Source: A24

Restriction: A24 Clients

Dateline: 13-05-2022


Millefeuilles Library in the coastal town of La Marsa, near the Tunisian capital, hosted an exhibition of the archive of articles that wrote about a number of beys of Tunisia.

Articles in Arabic and French reflect a historical era, many of its details are unknown to Tunisians.

The exhibition was organized by the French researcher Sacha Carnot, who is fascinated by the history of the beys of Tunisia, as he made a personal effort to collect every written script or symbol from the period of the Beys.


Shot list:

–         Soundbite (Walid Matimet – Sociologist and supervisor of the exhibition):

“We wanted to introduce the history of Tunisia and the Husseini family through the articles and newspapers. What did the national and foreign newspapers say about Tunisia. It is a clear and simple historical study that does not have any political motifs. It is an attempt to reconcile with history. The issue that we suffer from since the independence of Tunisia, is that when we read about the history of the Husseini family, we study about three beys only; Al-Sadiq Bey, who was known to us that he sold the country with the Bardo Treaty 1881. We also read about Al-Monsef Bey, who stood with the liberation movement and tried to fight colonialism. The last one we read about is Al-Amin Bey, the last of the Husseini Beys. Among them, there are several beys and many stories. Today we wanted to highlight these stories, and to point out that the Husseini family was Tunisian and they are people like us. We wanted to show people the diaries of this family and how they lived. We also show how foreign newspapers saw Tunisia through the beys, and how was the image of the beys despite French colonialism.”

–         Soundbite (Olfa Mahrezi Benkhamsa – University professor and granddaughter of Amin Bey, the last bey of Tunisia):

“It is very important for Tunisians to know the history and their past. These articles are evidence of the events. That period is unknown to Tunisians. I have heard and read about events happening in our family and I discovered new and beautiful things about other beys such as Al-Nasser and Al-Tayeb. The exhibition presents the information in a beautiful sequence that makes you understand the events.”

“This exhibition comes within the framework of reviving a part or period of history for Tunisian youth about which not much is known and there is no material or evidence for it. This is an opportunity for Manouba University students who are working on preparing their thesis and do not have materials. Here, I saw that my private collection should be open to everyone, and it should serve everyone. Everyone should come to the exhibition. This collection has no political motive. Winston Churchill said a people without a past are a people without a future. In my private collection I have over 250 paintings plus postcards and stamps, also badges, medals, and certificates, which is a unique collection, as I do not collect things of material value such as jewelry and silver, but rather. If we do not preserve these things today, this history will disappear.”

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