The Man Who Sold His Skin

If good art inspires healthy conversations, then it’s safe to call The Man Who Sold His Skin a great film. This surprise Oscar nominee for Best International Feature—Tunisia’s first gong—should get people talking. It’s a smart and snappy take on the zany commodification of the human body. Directed and written by Kaouther Ben Hania (the first Muslim woman ever nominated in this category), The Man Who Sold His Skin provocatively fuses two seemingly disparate worlds. It joins the fast-paced and high-priced business of contemporary art with the rapidly changing and comparatively impoverished world of refugees. The art scene and the global migration crisis are obviously different beasts. However, the film ambitiously flips them to observe how perversely the “haves” of the western world weigh their values.

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