Le Quotidien d'Oran
"La voix de Stéphanie est claire.
Sa présence est surprenante
de profondeur et de générosité."
à l'occasion du spectacle photographique
Le Gange à Bénarès
de Serge Koutchinsky
au Musée du Quai Branly
Death makes you feel that life is enough in itself.
To create it is to express yourself in your clearest and deepest essence
without any external consideration or aim of achievement.
I have always wanted to live life as a piece of art and inject real life into art.
8-year-old Stephanie Benamra
Stephanie Benamra was born in 1982 in Paris and grew up in the very North of France where she spent her days dressing up and performing imaginary stories, climbing up the trees and hidding through the fields.
Then, from 9 to 13 she sailed the world with her parents and younger brother where she built even more stories and opened her mind to different cultures.
(She also overboard in the middle of the Pacific ocean at age 10).
1991-1995 - the sail trip around the world
Distance education helped her learn faster and she got her Baccalaureate à 16.
She then moved to Grenoble Ecole de Management after a preparatory school.
In Grenoble she attended drama and sculpture classes at the Beaux Arts where she met and married French-Italian sculptor Jean-Pierre Filippi.
Her plastic art projects soon turn to video and audio installations.
© Pascal Renoux 2007
After Filippi died in 2007 as she was 25, she moved back to Paris to re-birth as an actress.
Along her mourning path she performed a play with English actor and singer Graeme Allwright.
She collaborated with photographer Serge Koutshinsky on his exhibition at the Quai Branly Museum about funeral rites in Varanasi.
And co-authaured a feature narrative screenplay with Marc Chevrie (Capricci Films).
Ardeche (France) 2010 -With Hamid Benamra, shooting the first sequences of Timelife
In 2010 she met and married French-Algerian filmmaker Hamid Benamra, a "man with a movie camera" who never spend a day without shooting.
She knew she had met the one with whom she could create in the everyday life and inject real life into creations.
She set up NUNFILM to bring all 32 years Hamid's footage to light.
© Hamid Benamra
In 2016 she completed her debut film éMOI (Flutter) as a director with Top Sylvia Gobbel - Helmut Newton's muse. The film was in the 32nd Alexandria film Festival official competition.
Sylvia Gobbel and Nicolas Bernard in éMOI directed by Stephanie Benamra
2016 clowning with Mohamed Adar in Reveries of the Solitary Actor
2019, giving birth to babies and dreams in Timelife, directed by Hamid Benamra.
2018 sharing silence with Mohamad Malas in Timelife
website designed & developed by Stephanie Benamra