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Leyla Bouzid was born in 1984 and grew up in Tunisia. In 2003, she went to Paris to study French literature at the Sorbonne before graduating from la Fémis in Directing. In 2015, she directed Soubresauts (Mkhobbi Fi Kobba), her thesis film, in Tunisia a few months before the revolution. As I Open My Eyes, her award-winning first feature film, screened at many festivals and became a commercial success. Her second feature film, A Tale of Love and Desire, was released in 2021.