Born in 1971 in Meknes (Morocco), Mohcine Besri first studied physics and chemistry at Rabat University, while at the same time taking on his first small roles in different films. He later moved to Switzerland where he graduated in computer science and then took up a post as a maths teacher. In parallel, he pursued his love for the cinema as a screenwriter and director. In 2001 he was thus working on the screenplay for Operation Casablanca directed by Laurent Nègre. Following several productions on which he was assistant director, he filmed the short films Kafka, dead or alive (2006) and Heaven (2008). Les mécréants, which deals with the confrontation between a Moroccan theatre group and their Islamist kidnappers, is his first feature film. He both wrote and directed the film and won the award for best feature film debut at the Tangiers Film Festival in 2012.
Les Mécréants (2011): Screenplay, Direction