Coco Cabasa – A film by Klaartje Til

Public Online Premiere, 2016 documentary Coco Cabasa

Coco Cabasa is an intimate portrait documentary about Kaouthar’s life and work. The film was made by Klaartje Til and was screened for the first time at the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) in 2016.

In this film Kaouthar travels back to Tunisia and France with filmmaker Klaartje Til to rediscover her roots and her journey to where she stands today as a feminist.

The film will be available on this page from the date and time of the Public Online Premiere (29th April 2020, 20:00 CET).

Saturday 2 May at 20:00 CET (Amsterdam Time) I will be hosting an Instagram Live Q&A with filmmaker Klaartje Til. We will be talking to each other about the film and where we have come since then. So definitely worth joining! The Q&A will be hosted from my Instagram-page @kaouthardarmoni, so don’t forget to tune in!

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Coco Cabasa the film

Enjoy! And please leave your comment below. I love to read you!

About the film

In this intimate portrait about the feminist Kaouthar Darmoni, director Klaartje Til travels to Sousse, Tunisia, where Kaouthar grew up. Through interviews and conversations with key figures from her childhood, we learn how the young and rebellious ‘Coco’ had to fight hard to escape from the suppressing chains of society and her conservative family to maintain her freedom. Her dream was to go to Europe to study, the place where women were emancipated and free.

Once in Europe, Kaouthar had to face a big disillusion: the women there weren’t as free as she thought they would be and Western emancipation seemed to go hand in hand with suppressing femininity. Something she refused to do.

As a university lecturer in gender studies Kaouthar, inspired by her Tunisian roots, started her mission to heal femininity. With her taboo-breaking Goddess (belly)Dance method she awakens the primal female force which lays in the belly. With humor, confidence and her expressive personality she brings women back in contact with their feminine sensuality and power, the same way she learned it as a young girl back in Tunisia.

Even though she had hated living Tunisia, she started realizing how free and pure Tunisian women are. The femininity and sensuality amongst the women still remains as one of her most precious memories from her childhood.
Coco Cabasa - Kaouthar at home
Coco-Cabasa-Kaouthar-in-Tunisia
Coco-Cabasa-Kaouthar-praying

About the maker

Klaartje Til (’94) was born and grew up with her three brothers in Africa as a daughter of an anthropologist. As a student at a secondary art school, she was already attending film classes at the age of 14. The first time she came in contact with documentaries was at the age of 15, when she had the chance to be part of the youth jury for the DocU award at the IDFA. Since this experience she wanted to focus on the making of documentaries. Therefor she attended for the School of Arts in Utrecht (HKU) and graduated at the age of 22 with the documentary ‘COCO CABASA’, that premiered in the Official Student Competition at the IDFA 2016.

Klaartje-Til

Credentials

Director & producer
Klaartje Til

Camera
Fiona Verkleij
Lukas de Kort

Sound
Apollonia van Dun
Aimen Toumi

Fixer & production manager Tunisia
Hamdi Ben Ahmed

Editing
Django Agterberg

Colorgrading
Bruno Ramos

Sounddesign
Bart Becker

Music composer
Adam Adamian

Musicians
Dhol en Darbuka: Garik Adamian
Oud: Komay Wahbi Abo Saleh

Sound Engineer
Edgar de Heer

Translation
Hamdi Ben Ahmed
Abdelhak Chahid Mohamed

(Motion) Graphic Design
Roel Meijering

Poster Design
Studio ANTWAN

Subtitles
Indra van ‘t Hooft

DCP
Erik Wiedenhof

Main sponsors:
Bie Heyninck
Handan Aydin / SouthEast

Heinz Jäggi
Marjolein Even & Jan Til
Lydia Til
Lotfi Soula
Henri Botter & Ardy van Ooij
Harro Presser
Ineke Slebos & Herman Morssink
Harry Verkleij & Françoise Verstraelen
Tamara Witsche
Marion Kooistra
Harry Brokhus
Linde Groven

Music

The music made for and used in Coco Cabasa can be listened to below and can be purchased at adamadamian.bandcamp.com/album/coco-cabasa

46 Comments

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    Thank you for introducing me to Tunisian culture and femininity. I’ve been awkward in my body created by trauma as a child and as a girl on the brink of womanhood at the age of 11.

    I’m healing now with therapy and am going to get back into my body by learning to belly-dance. I’ve also read some of Fatima Mernissi’s books which have helped too.

    Merci pour votre musique, votre culture et votre esprit rebelle

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    • Dr. Kaouthar Darmoni

      Dear Charlotte,

      Marhaba.

      To get the trauma out of your body cells with Raqsat Al Ilhat, the Dance of the Goddesses, the oldest women’s ritual healing dance in the world.

      The books of Fatima Mernissi are a great source.

      Merci ma belle.

      Boussa (kiss in Arabic),
      💃❤️🇹🇳
      Kaouthar

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    Dear Kaouthar,

    Uit de film blijkt dat jij met veel moed en wilskracht jezelf
    dermate hebt opgeschoond, dat het licht door jou heen kan
    schijnen.
    Waardoor jouw missie waarheid (liefde) in zich draagt.
    Jouw licht maakt deze wereld weer een stukje mooier en lichter.
    Ik dank je hiervoor met heel mijn hart.

    Liefs
    Mieke

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    • Dr. Kaouthar Darmoni

      Dear Mieke,

      Merci for your beautiful words.
      On your shine!

      Boussa (kiss in Arabic)
      🙏🏽💋💙
      Kaouthar

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    Fly Kaouthar, you fly! Beautiful, respectful documentary. Very very inspiring. Krijg er tranen van in mijn ogen.

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    • Dr. Kaouthar Darmoni

      Dear Janine,

      Merci how 🎥 Coco Cabasa inpired and moved you.
      Together we fly!

      Boussa (kiss in Arabic)
      💃💚💋
      Kaouthar

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    I loved the film. Your work, the valuation and acknowledgement of the feminine, is vital to the continuation of human life on this planet. Our ability to live again as humans in nature instead of against nature can only be achieved by bringing the feminine back up to a position of power. Your mission of having women in 50% of the leadership around the world is spot on. I truly believe that would solve a lot of unresolved conflicts across the world: conflicts of religion, race, ethnicity, poverty and disease. Thank you for your work and your wisdom.

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    • Dr. Kaouthar Darmoni

      Dear Carmen,

      Merci for your love, care, and sharing.
      Oui, our earth is Mother Earth and needs healing and we need to move to FeMale Leadership with balance of the feminine and masculine towards Divine Feminine and Divine Masculine.

      Boussa (kiss in Arabic)
      🙏🏽🧡😘
      Kaouthar

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    Loved it. I felt your power, wisdom and vulnerability. Felt it in you. And in me. I once had a near death experience, where I saw, that my intention with this life is to help lifting the feminine in all of its aspects. Therefore I see you as a sister. Thank you for doing what you do. And being visible. Big hugs from Aarhus, Denmark

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    • Dr. Kaouthar Darmoni

      Dear Pia,

      Merci.
      For sure we are sisters contributing to the higher cause of the 🔥💃Rise of the Feminine.

      Big hugs,
      💃🌹💜
      Kaouthar

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    When a woman speaks her truth, she inspires the other women to look for their truth!
    Gratitude for a great work and support in order to heal the Feminine!!!
    I hope , one day to meet you in person and have the joy to say : I call back my power!We call back our power!
    Much love, beautiful woman!

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    • Dr. Kaouthar Darmoni

      Dear Neli,

      Merci. Oui, your own healing helps also your Feminine Lineage.
      To the healing and Rise of the Feminine!
      Until we meet, (re) collected, remembered all our exquisite feminine power.

      Boussa (kiss in Arabic),
      🌹💜😘
      Kaouthar

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      Inspiring
      I lived 15 years in an Arab village in Israel . I understood the nuances of each and every moment of the movie.
      In a specific moment, I even gave a Women Leadership Seminar then , good feed-back, the girls are sending me hugs till now.
      I have to mention that I am a Romanian surgeon , living now in Bucharest.
      Still, Arab culture is home for me.
      As womenhood is home
      As we are one

      I’d like to invite you in Romania 🙂

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      • Dr. Kaouthar Darmoni

        Dear Dr. Lorelei,

        Merci. Beautiful you also feel the Arab culture and womanhood as home.
        Connection with heart and womb.
        Inshallah, one day hopefully dancing together in Romania🙂

        Boussa (kiss in Arabic),
        🙏🏽💜💃
        Kaouthar

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          Very inspirational!! Bravo grande dame

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        Thank you so much for sharing your experience and your mission. It was so deep and full of authenticity, humility and vulnerability. I especially loved the way you described the Arab and Muslim culture: without denigrating it like a lot do when they leave their home country and denying who u are originally , as well. We can be critical of course, but no despise. The East and the West have to learn from each other, one is not better than the other but complementary.
        Thank you, thank you. I think of all those powerful women like your mother. Thank you to pay a tribute to all of them. I wanna take your belly dancing lessons.
        Merci pour cette belle leçon de vie.

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    Bravo Kaouthar !
    Toujours aussi forte ! Still so strong ! Vraiment très courageux, ce film ! Une superbe leçon de vie ! Bonne chance et bonne suite ! Et merci de ton engagement sans faille…
    This film is a wonderful lesson ! And any language will do! Your message is just brillant!
    Thank you for your courage!

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    • Dr. Kaouthar Darmoni

      Cher Jean-Pierre,

      Merci beaucoup for your warm words & being inspired with my journey that film director 🎥😍Klara Til captured so well.
      Warrior of the Heart.

      Boussa (kiss in Arabic)
      🙏🏽💚🌹

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    Dear Kaouthar, your story is profoundly touching. Indeed, despite (and maybe exactly because of) some very dark moments in your life, you are a guiding light for many other women, a big source of inspiration! You embody great strength and rebeliousness, but at the same time exquisite feminity.

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    • Dr. Kaouthar Darmoni

      Dear Klavdija,

      Merci for your beautiful words of love & appreciation.
      What does not kill you…
      To arise each time like a phoenix from the ashes grander than before.
      To keep the flame in yourself alive and keep on charging ahead with feminine grace!

      Boussa (kiss in Arabic)
      🌹💜 💃Kaouthar

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        This documentary touched me deeply. Kaouthar showed a lot of courage by showing so much of herself. She embodies the power that we have if we dare to live intensely.

        Klaartje did an amazing job by capturing the essence of Kaouthars message. It’s one worth spreading and can be of great value to many ~ so I’ll share this documentary on a FB-group that I manage: “Vrouwencirkel” … a group for women to empower and inspire each other.

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        • Dr. Kaouthar Darmoni

          Dear Callista,

          Merci for your heartfelt words and lovely to have you in the Divine9 Dance Therapy Instructors Training.

          To dare to stand alone if necessary, to stay true to oneself, authentic, and to see there is strength in vulnerability, that you can be vulnerable and strong at the same time. The Goddesses dance with the Cabasa (squeezing and releasing of the core muscles) such enforcing tool in this.

          Klaartje, the filmdirector could film so close on the skin for she had experienced the dance herself from inside out in my classes.

          Thank you for spreading the message and sharing the documentary with sisters in your “Women Circle” FB group.

          Boussa (kiss in Arabic),
          💃💜🌹
          Kaouthar

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    You are so authentic, embodying everything you are sharing. I am so moved by you, your life and your work, and am so thankful to have discovered you. The movie is inspiring, highlighting your intensity that only a life fully lived can have.

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    • Dr. Kaouthar Darmoni

      Dear Angella,

      Merci and blessings to you and your words.
      Wishing all women to keep their torch up high and live life to the fullest!
      Proud to be a Woman! 💃🔥 

      Boussa (kiss in Arabic),
      💃💚😘
      Kaouthar

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    Dear Kaouthar, Amazing Coco, You have an extraordinary story shared in a powerful way! As a fellow gender specialist with a dancing passion, I feel so so grateful that you exist just like you are! You inspire women and a whole field of women’s empowerment in such an authentic, natural, embodied way, and connected to old Goddess roots as well. Thank you! I’d write a story about you too:o)
    Ina / Imagine Creatively

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    • Dr. Kaouthar Darmoni

      Dear Ina,

      Merci from the heart.
      How nice we have same passion for Gender (Equality) and dancing in common.
      Women empowerment to be felt through the body in alignment with head, heart, womb.
      I am so grateful that this oldest women’s ritual dance has been given to me through my Tunisian feminine lineage. 
      Curious about the story you write about me…I imagine creatively…:-)

      Boussa (kiss in Arabic),
      🙏🏽💜💃
      Kaouthar

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    Superbe Kaouthar quel plaisir de te voir, de te découvrir encore plus. Quel bonheur de voir tes danses qui me donnent tellement envie de re-danser avec toi et toutes les Déesses.
    Très bien fait.

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    • Dr. Kaouthar Darmoni

      Merci beaucoup chère Claudine.

      J’adore danser avec vous notre danse de déesse guérisseuse, le plus ancien rituel de danse des femmes au monde!

      Bisous,
      🔥💃💋
      Kaouthar

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    Lieve Kaouthar,

    Dank voor deze mooie avond, je delen van deze film en opnieuw voelen van wat ik afgelopen zomer in Tunesie heb gevoeld en beleefd.
    Zo gauw het kan kom ik zeker weer dansen ‘onder de bogen’.

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    • Dr. Kaouthar Darmoni

      Lieve Marian,

      Most welcome.
      Lovely memories of us dancing at the retreat in 🇹🇳Tunisia the healing 💃Divine9 Dance.
      Looking much forward to dancing again with you.

      Boussa (kiss in Arabic)
      💃 🧡😘
      Kaouthar

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    Dear Kaouthar, I watched the movie twice and I love it. It is very inspiring to get to know you more and about your path into leadership. The part of the movie that touched me very deep is the image in the cemetery when talking about leadership – sometimes when you are a pioneer, leadership might mean standing alone. I watched the movie with my husband and children and I just shared it on facebook. Thank you for being an inspiration. Love Dina

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    • Dr. Kaouthar Darmoni

      Habibti Dina,

      Merci that you take inspiration from it and for sharing the documentary.
      May you fully rise with your feminine gold in your own leadership in all ways.

      Boussa,
      🙏🏽💕💃
      Kaouthar

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    Beautiful, amazing, inspiring! Thank you so much for sharing Coco Cabasa. It is so well made and illustrates many facets of who Kaouthar is. I loved to see where the roots of your strength lie. Thank you for the work you are doing, for guiding us towards a free empowered life. With Love.

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    • Dr. Kaouthar Darmoni

      Dear Sara,

      Merci, all for the Rise of the Feminine in the world to balance femininity and masculinity towards a FeMale Leadership.

      Boussa,
      💋🔥💚
      Kaouthar

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    Your gracious gift provided to us in the sharing of your life, your family, your loves, your tragedy, and your purpose help us to be in tune with our own being. The men and women that influenced your journey, good and bad reflect the richness of your life and it speaks to mine. I much better understand and connect to the journey of life as a WoMan and the delicate pleasures of being feminine. Thank you, Merci’, God Bless…

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    • Dr. Kaouthar Darmoni

      Dear Lauree,

      Merci, blessings to you.
      To let the multifaceted of life shine out like a diamond for each woman is a precious jewel, and to live life in feminine grace and with pleasure. Proud to be a Woman!💃🔥

      Boussa (kiss in Arabic),
      💃🌹💜
      Kaouthar

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    Dear Kaouthar
    I have been very touched by your story – thank you for being so honest, thank you for your laugther and your tears.
    May God bless you and your wonderful and so important work – and may your dream and also my dream come true that feminine capital becomes the source of changing our society into the better!

    Love and big bussa!

    Gabriele from Switzerland

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    • Dr. Kaouthar Darmoni

      Dear Gabriele,

      Merci from the heart and blessings from the Divine.
      Yes, to let our dream come true with Feminine Capital guiding our society towards FeMale leadership where femininity and masculinity is in balance between men and women and in each man and woman.

      Boussa,
      💃💙🔥
      Kaouthar

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    I saw wonderful lovely feminine emotions
    and because of that
    I could see strenght and power.
    Honesty, purity is such a strong power!

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      My dear Kaouthar, I love you with all of my heart! I laughed and cried several times throughout Coco Cabasa. Very touching and empowering! Thank you for sharing with us your vulnerable story! Klaartje Til, i felt so close to Kaouthar and I thank you for your power to hold the space, to witness and beautifully capture this journey!

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      • Dr. Kaouthar Darmoni

        Dear Loredana,

        Merci for your love from the heart, that you felt moved and empowered by my story.
        And thank you for your beautiful words for 🎥Klara Til, the filmdirector for she could film this from an inside view by knowing the Divine9 Dance though following my classes.
        Beside her film directing skills she could preserve the sacred feminine space especially during the intimate processes shots with the ladies who followed the retreat in the film.💃🇹🇳💃

        Boussa (kiss in Arabic),
        💚💋🔥
        Kaouthar

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    • Dr. Kaouthar Darmoni

      Dear Maaike,

      Merci for your beautiful words of appreciation.
      Each woman is a precious flower with gold inside and to shine this out from our pure soul qualities with love and wisdom, strength and grace.

      Boussa,
      🙏🏽💕💃
      Kaouthar

      Reply

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