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FOREIGN BODY [JASSAD GHARIB]
Dir. Raja Amari
Tunisia, France. 2016. 92 mins. Arabic, French with English subtitles.
Seeking refuge from her radical Islamist brother, Samia longs for her independence and freedom and, like hundreds before her, heads for European shores. Haunted by fears of being followed by her brother whom she had denounced to the authorities, Samia first finds refuge at Imed’s home, a former acquaintance from her village, before ending up working for a rich widow, Leila. Her professional relationship with Leila soon turns into a sensual connection, leaving Imed torn between his religious beliefs and his sexual desires. Film Africa is delighted to present the London premiere of Raja Amari’s (Satin Rouge) fourth feature, which boasts a terrific cast, including Sarra Hannachi (Child of the Sun) as Samia and Hiam Abbass (The Lemon Tree) as Leila.
Preceded by a screening of the Baobab Award for Best Short Film winner.
Raja Amari was born in Tunis, Tunisia. After gaining a Master’s in French Literature from the University of Tunis, she graduated from La FEMIS, the French school for cinematic studies. Her first feature film « RedSatin » (2002), premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival, won numeous awards and was acclaimed by the public and the press. Her second film « Buried Secrets », was presented in Official selection of the 66th Venice Film Festival. It was screened at the MoMA, and at various Film Festivals. In 2014 she directed « Tunisian Spring », a TV movie for Arte Télévision. Her last film « Foreign Body » will have its world premiere at Toronto International Film Festival 2016.