Ain’t No Time for Women

Ain’t No Time for Women

On the eve of the 2019 presidential election in Tunis a group of women, including the filmmaker’s grandmother, gather at a hairdressers. The women discuss their political points of view, their concerns and hopes for the new democratic regime openly in this female haven. This short Canadian film gives us an intimate window into their thoughts on what the outcome of the election is likely to have on their own lives. 

Mariam Zaid, Associate programmer for Canadian films at Hot Docs said, “It … really captures the liveliness and conversation so typical to spaces like these, where women know each other and feel free to express themselves openly.”

“…Best Canadian Short Documentary Award at Hot Docs, …Montreal-based Sarra El Abed takes home top prize by returning to her Tunisian roots in her latest film” Amany Mohanna, The Link

Awards and Nominations

Breakthroughs Film Festival, Canada, 2021, Best Canadian Film, Winner
Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival 2021, Best Canadian Short Documentary, Winner
Montreal International Documentary Festival, 2020, CBC Emerging Talent Award, Winner
Slamdance Film Festival, United States, 2021, Jury’s Honourable Mention Award, Winner
Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, France, 2021, Grand Prix, Nominee 
Palm Springs International Shortfest, United States, 2021, Best Documentary Short, Nominee 


Sarra El-Abed


Arabic, French
(English subtitles)

Film Details

2020, 19 min