El Gort

This Tunisian documentary follows two young truck drivers over a few years, both before and after the Arab Spring of 2011. There are no images of the social upheaval that led to the overthrow of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali; the working-poor subjects are indifferent to politics, more concerned with hip-hop, getting stoned, and scraping by. They’re skeptical about the revolution, convinced that no change in government will make their lives any easier, and unfortunately their suspicions prove correct. This is a valuable firsthand account of a critical chapter in modern history, though its sheer amateurishness can be distracting. Hamza Ouni directed. In Arabic with subtitles.