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Film: "Buried Secrets" (OengU) with Director Raja Amari in Attendance


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Aicha, Radia and their mother live removed from the world, in the underground servant’s quarters of a deserted mansion. The precarious balance of their daily life is shaken by the arrival of a young couple who move into the main house. A bizarre cohabitation settles between the couple and the three women who decide not to make their presence known to these unexpected neighbours. They cannot leave their hiding place as it conceals secrets buried for years... But Aicha, the youngest sister, is attracted by the newcomers...

The screening will be followed by an open discussion with director Raja Amari as well as by a small reception in the cinema foyer.

With the friendly support of Brot für die Welt/EED, Katholischer Fonds, Aktion Afrika des Auswärtigen Amts. In cooperation with Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO), AL Film.

Medienpartner: Africiné, Adefra, Zentrum Moderner Orient, Club der Freunde von RFI, Berlin Poche, rendez-vous-cine.de, Exberliner, multicult.fm, Art Labour Archives, Planète Métis, Contemporary &, Initiative Schwarze Menschen in Deutschland, Terre des Femmes Stiftung, Yedd e.V.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fIfvzZwEznU#t=15


"A rueful parable about fear and freedom (...)" Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act

"a coming of age, feminist thriller" Liz Simmons


  • Grand prix du festival Arte Mare de Bastia
  • Grand prix « Faucon d'or » au Festival du film arabe de Rotterdam
  • Prix de la meilleure photographie à la Mostra de Valence du cinéma
  • méditerranéen
  • Meilleur film africain au Festival du cinéma d'Afrique, d'Asie et d'Amérique latine de Milan
  • Prix de la critique au Festival du film francophone de Tübingen
  • Prix du meilleur réalisateur au Festival international du film de Beyrouth

Director's Statement
My movie is about three women that live so retired from the world, that they only perceive an erroneous and fragmentary aspect of it. The arrival of a young and modern couple upsets the balance of their life. A new world suddenly opens up to Aicha, the main character. The film deals with her discovery of her own identity and of her liberation.

Through the characters of this film, I have attempted to explore the universe of recluse women living in the negation of their secret desires. This internal repression of desire, whether it is resolved by open or hidden violence is at the heart of the difficulties faced by women who live in closed societies withdrawn into themselves.

It is a very important subject to me and I have attempted to express it in different manners throughout my previous works.

Director: Raja Amari
Raja Amari was born in 1971 in Tunis. After a Master of Literature and French Civilization at the University of Tunis, Raja Amari took courses at FEMIS (Fondation Européenne de Image et du Son) in Paris, in the scriptwriting department. After leaving FEMIS, she directed two short films April and One Night in July—which won many awards, and a documentary Sur les traces de l'Oubli "In the footsteps of oblivion" on Isabelle Eberhardt. She directed her first feature film, Red Satin (Official Selection Berlin Film Festival in 2002), which received, among other awards, the "Best New Director Award" at the Seattle International Film Festival and the award for "Best Film" at the Torino International Film Festival. "Dowaha - Secrets" (Official Selection Venice Film Festival 2009, Best Feature Film at the Festival of Milan 2010 and the Critics Prize at the Festival of Tübingen in Germany in 2010) was her second feature film.

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