The Bird’s Placebo

The Bird's Placebo

Yahya is from a poor neighbourhood in the capital of Tunisia. After Yahya’s legs are amputated while trying to cross the Mediterranean, he has a strange encounter and is reincarnated into a bird.

Yahya (27) lives in a poor district of Tunis with his mother Jamila. Jamila works in a street food shop, earning just enough for them to survive. A few years before, Yahya attempted to cross the Mediterranean but lost his legs in an accident. To help his mother and escape physical and mental pain, Yahya smokes and sells weed in the neighbourhood. One day, a client offers him a ‘rare’ bird in exchange for weed. After a strange encounter with a bearded man, Yahya’s soul transfers to the bird and he goes on an epic journey around the world. The Bird’s Placebo is a modern fable exploring themes of immigration, youth culture and family.


Sarra Ben Hassen

Rami Jarboui

Rami Jarboui

Country of production

Tunisia, USA

Target audience


Animation Technique


Production company

Instinct Bleu

Creative Europe media programme

CEE Animation is supported by the Creative Europe – MEDIA Programme of the European Union and co-funded by state funds and foundations and professional organisations from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia.

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