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Raja Amari

Born in 1971 in Tunis, Tunisia, Raja Amari trained as a dancer at the Conservatoire de Tunis and received a degree in Romance languages with focus on art history from the University of Tunis.

After working as a film critic for Cinécrit from 1992 to 1994, Amari moved pursued film studies in Paris at the Institut de Formation et d'Enseignement pour les Métiers de l'Image et Son, where she was based from 1994 to 1998. Her short films from that period include Le Bouquet (The Bouquet; 1995), Avril (April; 1997), and Un Soir de Juillet (One Evening in July; 2000).

Her award-winning, full-length film Satin Rouge (Red Satin; 2002) examines the transformative powers of self-expression that a middle-aged Tunisian widow discovers through belly dancing.