Kaouther Ben Hania (Tunisia)

Kaouther Ben Hania is the director of the 2024 Academy Award-nominated and 2023 Cannes Film Festival Best Documentary winner Four Daughters.

Four Daughters tells the story of Olfa Hamrouni, a mother of four whose two eldest daughters, Ghofrane and Rahma, became radicalized and joined Islamic State in Libya in 2015. The film competed in Official Selection at the 2023 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the prestigious L’Oeil d’Or for Best Documentary, and went on to win Best Documentary at the 2023 Gotham Awards, Best Writing at the International Documentary Association awards, and was nominated for Best Documentary at the European Film Awards and the Film Independent Spirit Awards.

Kaouther Ben Hania studied filmmaking in Tunis and in Paris (La Fémis and the Sorbonne). She directed several short films, including Sheik’s Watermelons (2018) and Wooden Hand (2013). The Challat of Tunis, her first feature-length film, opened the ACID section at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. Then, she made Zaineb Hates the Snow, a full-length documentary filmed over 6 years between Tunisia and Canada, which premiered in 2016 as part of the official selection at the Locarno Film Festival. Her fiction film Beauty and the Dogs was selected at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival in the “Un Certain Regard” section where it won the award for Best Sound. Her film The Man Who Sold His Skin, starring Monica Bellucci, premiered at the Venice Film Festival and was nominated at the 2021 Oscars in the Best International Feature Film category.