Mahamat Saleh Haroun Director

Mahamat Saleh Haroun was born in Abéché in Chad. In 1980, the war forced him to flee to France as a refugee, where he studied film and worked as a journalist. In 1994, he made his first film and went on to receive a prize at the Venice festival for Bye Bye Africa, his second feature film. His reputation as an auteur was sealed with Daratt, which won a jury prize in Venice. In competition at the Festival de Cannes in 2010, he received the Jury Prize for A Screaming Man.

2011 Mahamat Saleh Haroun and Olivier Assayas have been announced as members of the Cannes Film Festival's jury this year and will sit on a panel presided over by Robert De Niro.