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Activism Takes Many Forms: The work of Hejer Charf

Distinguished Professor Emerita, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Hejer Charf chose cinema as her mode of expression or perhaps the cinema chose her. Searching for information about this Canadian/Québécois filmmaker of Tunisian origin is rather like trying to fit pieces of a jigsaw puzzle together without having the original picture. From the meagre information available, we know that Hejer Charf was born into one of the élite families of Tunisia. Unlike the majority of girls, she was encouraged to study (law) and to travel. We also know that she was, at a young age, already fighting injustice and defending the rights of women, and this without incurring the wrath of her parents.

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