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Sabra (Fatma Khemiri) is a young Moslem woman who seeks to further her education in this poignant social drama. Her poor family struggles to survive, and her father (Othman Khemili) objects to Sabra's intellectual pursuits. She embraces feminist ideals, ignoring traditional beliefs and studying for exams by candlelight.
Flashbacks show Sabra as a young girl (Basma Tadjin) being encouraged by her mother (Mouna Noureddine), a woman bound by tradition but mindful of the changing world. She prepares Sabra for the inevitable social changes that were not part of her generation.