Synopsis

Interviews with Tunisian women of different backgrounds reveal issues of identity, representation, tradition, and modernity; and a dialogue between the two realms of dreams and reality.

Avant-Propos was an official selection of the 2011 WVN Online Film Festival.

About Susana Casares

Susana Casares is a Spanish filmmaker based in Los Angeles. She writes, directs and produces fiction and documentary projects in the USA and Europe. She has been nominated to a Spanish Film Academy Goya Award and she has been showcased in Variety as Spanish talent on the rise. Her work has received the support of festivals and institutions from around the world such as the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Foundation (Emmy®), the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (Golden Globes), the Film Society at Lincoln Center in New York, HBO, the Tribeca Film Institute, IDFA, Berlinale, Film Independent and the Instituto Cervantes.

Susana has a Masters of Fine Arts from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, having received a scholarship from La Caixa Foundation. She has taught Directing at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, and she currently teaches Directing and Producing at UCLA Extension and at NYFA in Los Angeles.

Before moving to Los Angeles, she graduated with a BFA in Fine Arts with a special focus in Video Art and Photography. She was Head of Production at DocsBarcelona Pitching Forum and she taught Art History at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.

Director’s Statement

Avant-Propos is a dialogue between two territories: the world of memories and the present, the world of dreams and reality, fiction and documentary. It attempts to build bridges between the Western world and the Arab-Muslim world by exploring the impact of tradition and modernity in the construction of identity of women in Tunisia.