This film is a dialogue between two territories: the world of memories and the present, the world of dreams and reality, fiction and documentary. It tries to build bridges between the Western world and the Arab world taking women in Tunisia as the axis of the discourse.
My intention for this documentary was to understand what it means to be a woman in Arab Muslim contemporary societies focusing on Tunisian woman. The film was motivated by my own personal experience, since as a child I dreamt I had Arab origins. However, my only relationship to Arab cultures was through orientalised stereotypes. In Western countries we only produce and reproduce dualistic visions of women in Arab cultures, representing them as hypersexual identities through the orientalised eyes or as submissive beings under the control of men and their veil. If we look at the Media, women are often the object of the debate but they are rarely portrayed as the subject of enunciation. In "Avant-propos" I wanted to subvert this by showing reality in the streets of Tunis through the reflective discourse of Tunisian women. My purpose was to create a mosaic of collective identity that would help me and the audience understand the different perspectives from which feminine subjects define themselves in today's Tunisian society.
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:
Susana Casares was born in Barcelona, Spain in 1979. After a degree in Translation and Interpreting, she started a Degree in Fine Arts. She spent two years studying Film in the Film Department of the Hochschule für Gestaltung in Offenbach, Germany. She has taken part in several film and video festivals in Spain, Germany, France and Tunisia and she has been selected in the Berlinale Talent Campus this year. She has directed two documentaries: "Strange Days", produced by the Catalan Television Channel, and "Avant-propos", produced by Goethe Institut Tunis in collaboration with the Hochschule für Gestaltung in Germany. At present she lives and works in Barcelona, Spain.