Gilda Boffa received a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies and a master’s degree in Film Studies from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. She wrote her thesis about an Iranian director and won a scholarship to travel to Iran in 2008. She has published several articles and a book chapter about Iranian cinema. She has also completed a certificate in Arabic Language and Culture at UQAM University and a translation degree at Université de Montréal. She has been studying Middle Eastern dance for many years and has taught it as well. Belly Dance with a Twist is her first film.