Emmanuelle Démoris was born in 1965 in London. She lives in Paris. She studied literature and art history, then cinema at the FEMIS. She first worked in theater, as a director and as an actress (with Tadeusz Kantor). In 1997, she directed her first documentary film, Mémoires de pierre, and then, in 2010, Mafrouza, a polyphonic chronicle in five parts of a slum in Alexandria, produced by Jean Gruault, which won the Golden Leopard of the Cinéastes du Présent at Locarno in 2010 and was released in theaters in 2011.