Raja Amari was born in Tunis, Tunisia. After receiving a Masters in French Literature from the University of Tunis, she graduated from La FEMIS, the French school for cinematic studies. Her first feature film Red Satin (2002), premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival, won numerous awards and was acclaimed by the public and the press. Her second film, Buried Secrets, was presented in Official selection at the 66th Venice Film Festival. It was screened at the MoMA and the African Diaspora International Film Festival, among others. In 2014, she directed Tunisian Spring, a TV film for Arte Télévision. Her film Foreign Body had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival 2016 and its US Premiere at the African Diaspora International Film Festival in 2017. Raja Amari became a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2019. She Had a Dream, her latest TV film for Arte Television, had its world premiere at IDFA 2020.