Iar Said is a renowned film director, producer and scriptwriter from Morocco. He was born in the small town of El Kelaa des Sraghna in the North of Morocco in 1973.
Iar Said began his career in 1998 with the film “The Path of the Sun”, which depicted the life of a young boy in the rural areas of Morocco. The film was well received and gained him the attention of the international film industry.
Since then, Iar Said has made several feature films, documentaries and short films, such as “The Bitter Bread” (2000), “The Bitterness of Life” (2004), “The Lucky One” (2006) and “The House on the Hill” (2008). His films often explore themes of identity, religion, family and relationships.
In 2011, Iar Said was selected as the winner of the African Movie Academy Award for Best Director for his film “The House on the Hill”. He has also been the recipient of several other awards, including the “Special Jury Prize” at the Marrakech International Film Festival (2007), “Best Feature Film” at the Cairo International Film Festival (2009) and the “Best Film” at the Carthage Film Festival (2011).
Iar Said has also worked as a script consultant for the BBC, as well as for French and German television. He is currently working on a new project, “The Woman Who Loved the Wind”, which will be his first feature film in English.
Iar Said’s films are known for their realistic yet poetic approach to storytelling. He is deeply committed to the preservation and promotion of Moroccan culture, and his films often draw on the country’s rich history and traditions. He is considered a prominent figure in contemporary Moroccan cinema, and his work has been praised for its boldness and originality.