Tamar Baruch was born in Israel to a Tunisian mother and an Iranian father. She studied film at Tel Aviv University and York University in Toronto, and Jewish studies at Humboldt University of Berlin. Baruch’s graduation film Gloria (2013) premiered at the Jerusalem Film Festival winning First Prize. Gloria has since screened in dozens of festivals around the world, winning Amazon Most Promising Director Prize at the Montreal World Film Festival and an Honorable Mention from the Academy of Media Arts Cologne. Baruch was selected to participate in the Hebrew Poetry Adaptations, HaShever HaSuri-Afrika'i/The Syrian-African Rift Project of the Tel Aviv University. With this framework, she used the poem "Power of Attorney" (2014) by David Avidan as the inspiration for a short film she directed and presented at The Tel Aviv International Student Film Festival. Stranger of the Dunes (2017) is her third short film. Stranger of the Dunes won First Prize at Nòt Film Festival (Italy) and was bought for distribution by the Giometti cinema circuit. Baruch is the recipient of the Israeli Ministry of Culture Early Career Award, and an Israeli Oscar (the Ophir Awards) nominee. During her time at The MacDowell Colony she developed her debut feature film.