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    Nabila Ben Youssef left Tunisia in 1995 to settle in Quebec, where she became successful as a comedian. Born in 1963 in Sfax, southern Tunisia, in a modest family, the humorist decided to enroll at the dance academy. At the age of fifteen, she became interested in politics and joined the Marxist-Leninist-inspired Far Left Party. She supported the 1984 bread riots by participating in her high school strike. After being expelled from school for her rebelliousness, she discovered her love of theater. In order to increase her independence, Ben Youssef decided to move to the capital, where she got a job as a postal worker. In her spare time, she picked up her first professional television and theater roles. By the time she hit her thirties, her popularity matched her ambition. She traveled for the first time in her life to France and participated in the tour of "Les Troyennes," a tragedy by Euripides. On her return, she enrolled at the Cinema Institute of Tunis to study production and met Louise Carré, a director from Quebec. Carré hired Ben Youssef as a trainee to edit her documentary about Muslim women, "My Heart Is a Witness", which took place both in Tunisia and Montreal. She flew to Canada in 1995, and subsequently fell in love with Quebec and settled there. During training in artistic production management, she successfully presented a comedic monologue. She participated in the entrance examination to the school of humor of Montreal. She wrote her first show and in 2005 shot to fame with her provocatively-titled show, "An Arab and a Slut," meant in part to counter biases about Arab women as submissive. She has stated in interviews that she is pleased with the results of the revolution in Tunis, and hopes to be able to play freely here in the future. Source: Tunis-Hebdo

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