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In Lina's Footsteps | Special Episode

January 14, 2020. Lina Ben Mhenni's health condition is deteriorating. Lina passed away only a few days later on January 27, 2020. In this podcast episode, Lina's friends share their accounts of her, telling us about her activism before and after January 14, her health struggles, and lasting impressions of her. An episode that pieces together fragments of contemporary Tunisian history, through the accounts of Lina.
27 January 2021
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Inkyfada Podcast
Directing, Recording and Voice-Over
Hazar Abidi
Editorial Support
Bochra Triki
Sound Design and Mixing
Oussema Gaidi
Subtitles
Mohamed Dhaouadi, Yasmine Perkins

On Jan 14, 2020, friends of Lina gather at the premises of ATFD (Tunisian Association of Democratic Women) to pay her one last tribute, knowing that she does not have long left to live.

After a period of prolonged illness, Lina passed away on January 27, 2020 - her own account of January 14 passing away along with her.

In this special episode, her father Sadok Ben Mhenni (a left-wing activist), her friends, the bloggers and activists Hana Trabelsi, Faten Abdelkefi and Haythem El Mekki, recount Lina's commitment, her struggles before and after the revolution, and her relationship to the illness that ultimately took her life.

Henda Chennaoui and Mariem Mcheti bring some of Lina's own intimate texts to life through reading them aloud. 

Her family and friends describe the impact that Lina's photos and videos had through documenting and publicising the violations of Ben Ali's dictatorship and other events during the revolutionary and post-revolutionary periods.

Through the multiple testimonies, this episode pieces together and pays tribute to the life of a ' Tunisian girl'.

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