In the video interview above, filmmaker Raja Amari talks about the making of Buried Secrets, her second feature film set in Tunisia, which premiered at the Venice International Film Festival in 2009. Amari’s first feature Satin Rouge had a limited-run release in theaters in New York City. Amari also reflects on her approach to filmmaking, dispelling stereotypes about women in cinema in the Arab world. In Buried Secrets, Amari used tropes of the horror genre, imbuing the film with a symbolic political charge. When viewed in the aftermath of the revolution in Tunisia, the film’s evocative power is furthermore amplified.
Buried Secrets will be screened on Friday, November 23, in MoMA’s Theater 2 at 4:00 p.m. as part of the film exhibition Mapping Subjectivity: Experimentation in Arab Cinema from the 1960s to Now, Part III , the third and final installment of MoMA’s exploration of Arab cinema, which runs through November 25.