Moroccan filmmaker and writer. He worked as a director and actor in theater before making his first short film, The Cliff (1997), which won 23 festival prizes. In 1999, he co-wrote the script for André Téchiné’s Far. In 2000, he directed two shorts: Cannes winner The Wall and Venice winner Rain Line. His 2003 feature debut, A Thousand Months, won two prizes at Cannes and was followed in 2006 by WWW – What a Wonderful World. His latest feature, Death for Sale, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2011.