A small family is attacked by armed forces on a journey through southern Tunisia. Their car is hit by a bullet, and the 10-year-old son is severely injured. At the hospital, it becomes evident that he won’t survive without the immediate help of a donor.
His parents are forced to make a fateful decision for the family’s future. The film portrays both the universally tragic aspects of the situation and the specific Tunisian context where, according to the law, the father always has the final say.
As Son is director Mehdi M. Barsaoui’s feature-length debut. The film was well-received by both the critics and the audience when it premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 2019.