Kaouther Ben Hania
Her internationally co-produced drama THE MAN WHO SOLD HIS SKIN premiered at the Venice Film Festival 2020, where it won the Best Actor Award and was nominated for an Oscar for Best International Feature at the 93rd Academy Awards. Kaouther Ben Hania’s latest film, FOUR DAUGHTERS, was selected for the Main Competition at the 76th edition of the Cannes Film Festival.

FOUR DAUGHTERS made a great buzz at Cannes, winning the Golden Eye Award, marking the start of a great festival tour. The film racked up more than 18 Awards, making history by winning the César Award for Best Documentary and reaching the final nominations for the Oscars’ Best Documentary Award, putting a second Academy Awards notch on Ben Hania's belt.

What's the best advice you have ever been given - or given to others?
No one owes you anything. Fight for it.

What has been your biggest setback/hurdle?
Social media influencing and controlling industry decisions.

2024 will be the year that MENA finally does what?
The weight of others' expectations.

What is the biggest misunderstanding about the Arab World and/or its entertainment industry?
Arabs love melodrama!

What will have the greatest game-changing effect on Arab cinema?
Freedom of expression.

How do you recognize real talent?

How do you recognize real talent?
By thinking out of the box.