Yasmine Benkiran was born in 1984 and grew up on the Atlantic coast of Morocco. She studied philosophy and communication sciences in Paris and lived in Buenos Aires, San Francisco and London before attending the screenwriting workshop at La Fémis. As a screenwriter, Benkiran writes for television and cinema. She has also written two books about Morocco and a series of history podcasts about Alice Guy, the world’s first female film director. In 2018, Benkiran directed her first short film, Winter Time. Queens (2022) is her first feature-length film as a director.