Taïeb Louhichi is a Tunisian director born on June 16, 1948 in Mareth. After literature and sociology studies which resulted in a doctorate degree, he turned towards cinematography and was trained at the Institut de Formation Cinématographique and Vaugirard Street School in Paris. He shot several short films such as "My village, a village among others", winner of the Golden Tanit at the Cinematographic Days of Carthage in 1972, "The Sharecropper", awarded in many festivals in 1976 and "Carthage, year 12". In 1982, his first feature film, "The Shadow of the earth" received several awards such as the best screenplay award and the Golden Crank at the Panafrican Film Festival of Ouagadougou; it was also awarded at the Critics' Week in Cannes. In 1987, he shot "Goree, island of grandfather" followed in 1989 by "Layla, my reason" that was selected in official competition at the Venice Film Festival of 1991 and received the Audience Award at the first African Film Festival in Milan. In 1998, he shot his third feature film "Wedding of the moon" followed by "Dance of the Wind" in 2003, "People of the spark" in 2011, a documentary on the protagonists of the Tunisian revolution, and completed his sixth feature film, "The child of the sun" which came out in theaters in 2014. In 2017, he directs his last feature, Rumour of water, starring Hishem Rostom, Jamel Madani, Ombretta Machi, Hassen Doss, Fatma Ben Saidane, Sana Rostom, Slah Msadek.
Taïeb Louhichi dies at 69, on 21 February 2018.
- Special Prize for his work at the Alexandria International Mediterranean Film Festival 2018, the Annaba Mediterranean Film Festival 2018 and the Zagora Trans-Saharan Film Festival 2018.
- Award of honour for his work at the International Arab Film Festival in Gabes 2018
- Tribute to his work at the Cinémathèque in Tunis 2018, at the Cinéma La Clef Paris 2018 (by TV5 Monde Afrique, the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie, the Guilde des Réalisateurs et Producteurs Africains, Cinemawon, and CNCI Tunisia).
- Tribute for his work at Fespaco 2019 and at the Rencontres Cinématographiques de Dakar 2019