Mehdi Hmili was born in Tunis and graduated from the Paris Film School. Whilst in France, he directed his trilogy in black and white about love and exile X-Moment (2009), Li-La (2011), and The Night Of Badr (2012). His latest first feature film is Thala Mon Amour, a drama that takes place in the village of Thala during the Tunisian Revolution. Mehdi Hmili is also a popular poet in Tunisia known for his poems against the regime of Ben Ali. He lives between Tunis, Paris and Cairo.