Younes Bouab was born in 1979, in Salé, Morocco, to a Moroccan father and a French mother. He discovered theatre in high school in Rabat. He studied philosophy at the Sorbonne where he obtained two master’s degrees in philosophy: one on the work of Averroes and the other on John Rawls’s Theory of Justice. He returned to the stage during his last years in Paris and took an acting course at Studio Pygmalion. Once back in Morocco, he worked as a scriptwriter before trying his luck in front of the camera. He has acted in various Moroccan productions selected in international festivals—Zero (Dubai IFF), Achoura (Sitges, Brussels), Une Affaire Urgente (Busan), Razzia (TIFF), The Unknown Saint (Cannes Critics’ Week), Jbel Moussa (Vues d’Afrique Festival)—as well as in international productions—Werner Herzog’s Queen of the Desert, Contrafigura (Venice), The Messiah, French Exit, Rebel (Cannes Midnight Screenings, Red Sea), and Rupert Wyatt’s Desert Warrior. Bouab has also directed a short film, The Brother, currently in post-production.