Mounia Meddour studied journalism at the University of Alger before earning a Master’s degree in information and communication at Paris 8 University. In 2000, she joined the summer directing program at La Fémis in Paris and followed film production training at the Centre Européen de Formation à la Production de Films. She directed several documentaries, including Tikjda : la caravane des sciences, Particules élémentaires, La Cuisine en héritage and Cinéma algérien un nouveau souffle, which focused on young filmmakers of her age who went through the « black decade » in Algeria. Her short film Edwige (2011) was presented in numerous international film festivals and won many prizes. With her first feature film, Papicha, she earned the Sopadin Award for Best Screenwriting and received a CNC writing grant. The film was selected in the Un Certain Regard section of the 2019 Cannes Film Festival and won the 2020 César Award for Best First Film and for Most Promising Actress for Lyna Khoudri. Mounia Meddour is currently working on her second feature film, Houria, which she will start shooting next year.