Chema Ben Châabène

Actress | Scriptwriter | Producer


Chema Ben Chaabene was born in Tunis. She holds a Master's degree in Legal Sciences from the Faculty of Legal, Political and Social Sciences of Tunis (With Honors) (1999) and a Master's degree in Community Law from the University of Aix-en-Provence-Marseille III (2002). Trained and practicing as a jurist, she initially worked as a lawyer at the Tunis Bar and as a university assistant in private law at the Ministry of Higher Education. Her theatre experience began in 1996, acting in "Les Amoureux du Café Désert" directed by Fadhel Jaïbi for Familia Productions. As a playwright, she authored two plays, "Accusées d’innocence" and "Les Nuits Blanches," directed by Hatem Derbal for the Tunis City Troupe. She performed in the latter and received the Best Female Hope Award and the Best Script Award at the Carthage Theatre Days in 1999. She has also written several screenplays for documentary and fiction films, including "L’Opposant" by Anis Lassoued (Selected for Visions du Réel – International Film Festival Nyon 2012), and "Une Femme et demie" by Kamel Lâaridhi (Malmö Arab Film Festival - 2014). In 2013, she co-founded Lumières Films with other filmmakers, an independent production company aimed at supporting professionals in developing and producing their film projects with a creative vision. In 2019, she published a poetry collection, "Le Soleil se lève toujours en Orient" (The Sun Always Rises in the East). Arabesques Editions. An augmented second edition is scheduled for April 2024. In 2021, she collaborated with Compagnie Apsara (Switzerland) and worked as the dramaturge for the play "Habibi," directed by Silvia Barreiros at Théâtre Pitoëff-Genève. She served as executive producer and screenwriter for the documentaries "Je suis ma République" (2021) and "Notre semence" (In post-production-2022), and for the feature film "Une seconde vie" by Anis Lassoued - Lumières Films - CTV Productions - SVP (2022) (Special Jury Mention at the 43rd Cairo International Film Festival; Best Screenplay at the Malmo Arab Film Festival; Golden Slippers for Best Feature Film at the 62nd Zlin International Film Festival for Children and Youth. Best Screenplay and "Human Values" Prize from the Hellenic Parliament at the 25th Olympia Film Festival for Children and Youth). Currently, she is working as an executive producer on the distribution of "Looking for my mother," a new documentary film directed by Anis Lassoued (World Premiere at the Muscat International Film Festival - 11th edition 2024), and on the development of a new feature film, "Le Chemin de Jamila" (Jamila's Path) (Lumières Films 2024).

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