Mahmoud Ben Mahmoud/Fatwa

Mahmoud Ben Mahmoud/Fatwa


Born in Tunisia in 1947, to a family of Turkish origin, Mahmoud studied at the INSAS Belgian school of cinema where he graduated with a degree in film. Later, he studied art history, archeology and journalism at the Free University of Brussels (ULB).

He worked as a writer on The Son of Amr’s Death (Le Fils d’Amr est mort) and Kfar Kassem 

Mahmoud made his first feature Crossings (Traversées) in 1982. His second feature, Chichkhan, Diamond Dust (Chichkhan, poussière de diamant), was selected for Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival in 1992.

Mahmoud has also produced the documentaries: Italiani dell’altra Riva (1992), Anastasiade Bizerte (1996), Albert Samama-Chikli (1996), Ennejma Ezzahra( 1998), The Thousand and One Voices ( 2001) , Fadhel Jaibi, a Theatre in Freedom (2003) and The Beys of Tunis, A Colonial Monarchy in Turmoil (2006).

This is the second time ANA is showing a movie by Mahmoud Ben Mahmoud. The Professor, shown in 2013 also took place in Tunisia.

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