Narimane Mari (Algeria, 1969) began her film career in 2001 by producing films. Since 2006 she is a producer in the company Centrale Électrique, of which she is a founding member. In 2007 she made her first short film Prologue, about the artist Michel Haas. She then directed Scholars in the Land of Islam (2011), ninety episodes of animation for the Algerian national television. Bloody Beans (2013), her first fiction film, was selected at more than 50 film festivals and received the Grand Prix at FID Marseille. Mari’s second feature, the documentary Les fort des fous (2017) had its world premiere in Locarno.