France honors top Tunisian filmmaker at Cannes

May 12, 2011 - 2:45 PM

CANNES, France (AP) — France has bestowed its highest honor on Tunisian director Nouri Bouzid, months after a popular revolution toppled the North African nation's long-standing dictator.

Culture Minister Frederic Mitterrand made Bouzid a knight in the Legion of Honor in a ceremony Thursday on the margins of the Cannes Film Festival.

The political-minded filmmaker won international acclaim with "Halfaouine" (1990) and "Clay Dolls" (2002).

Mitterrand said "the lucidity of Nouri Bouzid's vision" is all the more necessary as Tunisia muddles through the delicate post-revolutionary transitional period.

Bouzid called on the country's young filmmakers to keep a critical voice and stand up against "all forms of extremism."