Tunisian-French documentary filmmaker Sonia Ben Slama was born in 1985. She grew up in Paris, where she studied art and cinema at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University. While completing her second master’s degree, she directed two short documentaries, which were produced by Serge Lalou for Les Films d’Ici and Catherine Derosier-Pouchou for the Louvre Museum. In 2015, she directed her first feature-length documentary, Maktoub, produced by Les films de la Caravane. Machtat (2023), her second feature-length documentary, had its premiere in the International Competition at Visions du Réel and was part of the ACID programme at the Festival de Cannes. Her next documentary, 316 North Main Street, is in development.