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| EPISODE 5

Balek

What links the stepfather archetype to faith and the justice of God? This is the story of a young boy who is driven away by a stepfather who threatens him with death, should he return without "Balek". However, no one knows what it is, and so the boy finds himself wandering from town to town in the pursuit of a curious mystery.
30 September 2021
series [{"user_id":"1425","role":"Directing"},{"user_id":"1511","role":"Voice-Over"},{"user_id":"1473","role":"Mixing, Sound Design & Sound Editing"},{"user_id":"1512","role":"Music"},{"user_id":"1519","role":"Illustration"}] https://inkyfada.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Ija-ya-Zmen-EP5-Final-final-finaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaal.mp3 https://inkyfada.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/IYZ5_stfr.srt Ija Ya Zmen | Épisode 5: Balek - إيجا يا زمان | الحلقة 5: بالك Épisode 5: Balek - الحلقة 5: بالك Qu’est-ce qui lie l'archétype du beau-père, la justice de Dieu et la foi ? C’est l’histoire d’un jeune garçon chassé par un beau-père, qui le menace de mort s’il revient sans “Balek”. Mais personne ne le connaît, et l’enfant se retrouve ainsi à errer de ville en ville, en quête d’un curieux mystère. ما الرابط بين الصورة النمطية لـ"زوج الأم" والعدالة الإلهية والإيمان ؟ هذه هي قصة فتى يافع طرده زوج أمه وهدده بالموت إن عاد ولم يجلب معه "بالك"، هذا الشيء المجهول الذي لا يدري أحد ماهيته. فيجد الطفل نفسه إذن هائما من بلدة إلى أخرى بحثا عن لغز محيّر.
Created by
Hazar Abidi
Directing
Hazar Abidi
Voice-Over
Saida Elkhadhra
Mixing, Sound Design & Sound Editing
Oussema Gaidi
Music
Rehab Hazgui
Illustration
Atelier Glibett

This episode tells of the misfortunes of a child and his mother, who, after a life of misery beside a lumberjack husband and father, become a sad, penniless widow and an orphan.

After her husband's death, the woman remarries a violent man who makes her stepson's life hell. Not wanting the child to live at home, the stepfather gives him a coin one day, and threatens him with death if he returns without "Balek"; a mysterious item that he has to purchase, but that no one seems to know what it is.

Narrated as always by dancer Saïda El Khadhra, this story is the fruit of a dying oral tradition.

Hazar Abidi comments on the tale, attempting to deconstruct the many symbols it contains, and to question the norms it conveys. Hazar also analyses the archetypes on which the story is based: the figure of the stepfather, faith, and the justice of God.

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Ija Ya Zmen

Ija Ya Zmen is a series of Tunisian tales narrated by the dancer and choreographer Saïda El Khadhra, with commentary by Hazar Abidi. These tales, part of a disappearing oral tradition, have been collected by the Inkyfada podcast team in order to preserve them and offer a sociological, anthropological, feminist and alternative reading.

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