Mahamat Saleh Haroun was born in 1961 in Abéché, Chad. He is the first Chadian director who is today one of the greatest African filmmakers. After studying film and journalism in France, he has ben worked in the French press where he has lived and worked since 1982. From 1991, his short films revealed a great talent. His feature debut Bye Bye Africa (1999) was the first full-length film ever made in Chad. His third feature Dry Season (2006) won the Grand Special Jury Prize in Venice. A Screaming Man (2010) won the Jury Prize in Cannes, making Haroun the first Chadian director to enter, as well as win, an award in the main Cannes competition. He was also a member of the jury for the competition in Cannes in 2011. He was recently Minister of Culture of Chad until he resigned from the position.