Rajaa Ammari

Cinema - 2012
A Tunisian filmmaker who trained in dance at the Conservatoire de Tunis, gaining first prize in dance in 1992.  She also studied Italian at the Società Dante D'Alighieri in Tunis, studied French at the University of Tunis, and wrote for the Tunisian film magazine Cinécrits before going to study film at FEMIS in Paris in 1995. She won the best short film award during the 11th African Film Festival in Milan, Italy, in 2001 with her film One Night in July. Her debut feature, Red Satin (2002), won several awards in Montreal, Torino and Seattle Film Festivals. She followed it with Buried Secrets in 2009 for which she won awards at the ART Film Festival for Mediterranean Cultures, France, in 2009 and again at the Valencia Film Festival in Spain that same year.