Tahani Rached

Born in Egypt, Tahani Rached settles in Quebec in 1966. After attending Montreal's École des Beaux-Arts, she is involved in community action until she makes her first film, Pour Faire Changement (1972), a documentary produced by Le Vidéographe, which set the tone for all her future work. In 1979, her first feature film, Les Voleurs de Jobs, revealed her distinctive view of the world and her ability to capture reality.

As a Canadian NFB staff filmmaker from 1980 to 2004, she tackles sensitive topics in the eleven films she directs, among which figures Four Women of Egypt (1997). It features four women who couldn't be more different but who are nevertheless united in their search for meaning and tolerance through 50 years of contemporary Egyptian history. Karim Gamal El Din (Elixir Artistic Services) is the local producer of the film in Egypt, and Studio Masr will later distribute it in Egypt in 2003.

In 2005, she comes back to Egypt and directs El-Banate Dol (These Girls) screened in Cannes Film Festival 2006 (Official Selection), and Giran(Neighbors) , released in 2009, both produced by Studio Masr.

In February 2011, and in Tahrir Square, she starts shooting her latest film Nafass Taweel (A Deep Long Breath) that is also her first production experience together with Studio Masr (2012).



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