Khalid Abdalla is a British born Egyptian actor, producer and filmmaker. Credits as an actor include Paul Greengrass’ Oscar nominated United 93, Marc Foster’s The Kite Runner and Green Zone, which reunited him with Paul Greengrass and in which he starred opposite Matt Damon. Khalid recently appeared in the Academy Award nominated documentary The Square.
He is the co-founder of Zero Production, Mosireen and Cimateque in Cairo, Egypt, working respectively on independent film production, alternative citizen based media, and film education and screening. He is a fellow of the Serpentine Gallery’s Edgware Road Project, and on the board of the UK National Student Drama Festival and no.w.here, an artist run organization combining film production with critical dialogue about image making. He lives and works in Cairo and London.
Marie-Josée Croze began her career studying Fine Art before opting for the stage at La Veillée-Prospero Theatre workshop in Montréal. In 2000, she received both the Jutra and Genie best actress Awards for her performance in Denis Villeneuve’s Maelström. She went on to work with Atom Egoyan in Ararat and in 2003 won the Best Actress award at the Cannes Film Festival for her performance in Oscar winning film The Barbarian Invasions by Denys Arcand. She has subsequently gone on to star in numerous European and International productions including Tell no one by Guillaume Canet, Mensonges et trahisons by Laurent Tirard, The Calvary directed by John Michael McDonagh, Le Regne de la Beaute reuniting her with Denys Arcand and Everything will be Fine directed by Wim Wenders.
Fedwa is a native of the Cuba district of Casablanca. She was 7 years old when she was discovered to act in The Narrow Frame of Midnight as Aicha. She likes to draw and lives with her mother, sister and brother. This is her first film.
Hocine Choutri started his acting career in 1989 with Salut Cousin directed by Algerian filmmaker Merzak Allouache. He went on to work on more than 30 films, with roles in a number of award winning films including Eloge d'Amour/In Praise of Love by Jean-Luc Godard, Les Cendres du Paradis/Ashes of Paradise by Dominique Crèvecoeur, Personne n'est Comme Tout Le Monde by Cédric Klapisch, Octobre 17, 1961 by Alain Tasma and Le Guetteur by Michele Placido.
Majdouline Idrissi is well known in Morocco for her versatility and experience as a leading actress in both Cinema, television and theater. She has appeared in a number of films including Pegase (2010), Ex-Chamkar (2008), Nancy et le Monstre (2006), La Symphonie Marocaine (2005) and Moroccan blockbuster Les Bandits (2003).
Hindi Zahra is a Franco-Moroccan-Amazigh singer and actress. She grew up with her Moroccan mother, a dancer and actress in Khourigba, She left school at age 15 and moved to Paris with her father. Zahra is a self-taugh multi-instrumentalist. In 2005 she wrote, among others, the songs Beautiful Tango, Oursoul and Stand Up which were part of the album Handmade. She won the Prix Constantin for best album and in February 2011 she won the Victoires de la Musique award for best world music album. In 2014 she acted in The Narrow Frame of Midnight and in Fatih Akin's The Cut.
Samir El Hakim
Samir El Hakim was born in 1973 in Setif, Algeria. He attended the Bordj National Institute of Dramatic Art in El Kiffan where, with a group of students and professors he launched the Theatre Association Arc-en-Ciel. On the occasion of the Year of Algeria in France, he played in the adaptation of Nedjma Ziani Cherif Ayad. In 2007 he presented the performance the Stubborn Snail, a monologue adapted from the novel by Rachid Boudjedra at the festival of Monologues in Setif. Since 2008 he has participated in many projects with the Theater Company L'Orphelin. In 2009, he had a principle role in Harragas, directed by Merzake Allouache.
Nabil Maleh is a film director, screenwriter, producer, painter and poet and is considered the father of modern Syrian cinema. He earned his Master's degree from the film academy FAMU in Prague and has published more than 1,000 articles short stories, essays and poems. He is the writer and director of 120 short, experimental and documentary works and 12 feature- length films including The Extras and The Leopard. He has been honored with more than 60 awards at international film festivals, including several lifetime achievement awards. Several of his films are in the curriculum of international film schools and he has taught film direction, acting, writing and aesthetics at many universities, centers and associations, including Austin University in Texas and the University of California in Los Angeles.