Mahmoud Ben Mahmoud/Fatwa

Mahmoud Ben Mahmoud/Fatwa

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Mahmoud was born in 1947 in Tunis,Tunisia, to a family of Turkish origin settled in Tunisia in 1710. He 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 films; The Son of Amr’s Death (Le Fils d’Amr est mort) by Jean-Jacques Andrien and Kfar Kassem by Borhane Alaoui. Soon after, Mahmoud made his first feature film Crossings (Traversées) in 1982. His second feature film, released in 1992, Chichkhan, Diamond Dust(Chichkhan, poussière de diamant) was selected for Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival. Mahmoud has also released a number of documentary films between 1992 and 2006, including: 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 (Les Beys de Tunis, une monarchie dans la tourmente) (2006). He has continued to make films that have marked his career success, such as Naps grenadines which was released in 2003. Fatwais his latest film.

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