Ikbal Zalila was born in Tunis. A film critic and academic, he lives and works in Tunis. Zalila has a Phd in film studies from the Sorbonne University and is currently an associate professor at the University of Manouba. He teaches film aesthetics documentary and film analysis and is the former Artistic Director of the Carthage Film Festival and head programmer between 2008 and 2010. film critic. He is the former president of the Tunisian association of film critics and a member in several FIPRESCI juries.