Raja Amari was born in Tunis, Tunisia. Her first feature film Satin Rouge (2002), premiered at Berlin International Film Festival, won numerous awards, and was acclaimed by the public and the press. Her second film Buried Secrets was presented in the Official selection of the 66th Venice Film Festival and was screened at the MoMA (Museum of Modern Art NY), amongst other Film Festivals. In 2014 she directed Tunisian Spring, for Arte Television. She has been a Jury Member at several international festivals such as Venice Film Festival and Locarno International Film Festival. In 2020 she was appointed president of the jury of the Gan foundation for cinema (France). She is a cinema teacher and juror at La Fémis (Paris) She is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (Oscars).