Leila Kilani is a Moroccan-French filmmaker. In 1989, at the age of nineteen, she departed Morocco to study literature and history at the Sorbonne. She has been directing films since 2000. Interested in various forms of narrative and storytelling, in her work she alternates among fiction films, documentaries, and video essays, and experiments with the intersections of genres. Her work challenges the norms of narrative cinema and filmic vocabulary, perpetually seeking to shape a channel between the non-linear principles of Arab narrative and the linearity of Western storytelling. Birdland (2023) is her second feature film.