Fatima Jebli Ouazzani is a Moroccan film director and producer. She was born in Marrakesh in 1966 and grew up in a small village in the north of Morocco. She studied economics and business administration at the University of Marrakech before pursuing a career in film.
Ouazzani began her film career in the early 2000s, when she directed her first feature film, “Mogador”, which premiered at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival. The film was a critical success, and it won several awards including the Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival that same year.
In 2006, Ouazzani wrote and directed her second feature film, “Le Grand Voyage”. The film tells the story of a young Moroccan man who goes on a pilgrimage to Mecca. The film was a hit at the Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Grand Prix. It was also nominated for a César Award, the French equivalent of the Academy Award.
In 2012, Ouazzani wrote and directed her third feature film, “The Source”. The film follows the story of a young woman from a rural village in Morocco who goes against tradition and sets out to find a better life in the city. The film was well-received and won awards at several international film festivals.
In 2014, Ouazzani wrote and directed her fourth feature film, “On the Edge of Heaven”. The film tells the story of a young Moroccan woman who is struggling to find her place in society. The film was a hit at the Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Grand Prix.
In addition to her work as a director and producer, Ouazzani is also an active member of the Moroccan film industry. She is a founding member of the Moroccan Film Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting Moroccan film. She has also served as a jury member on several international film festivals.
Ouazzani is an accomplished filmmaker who has made a name for herself in the international film scene. She is a trailblazer in the Moroccan film industry and her work continues to inspire filmmakers from all over the world.