Born in 1964 in Akré, Iraq, Hiner Saleem first gained international attention when his undercover footage of the living conditions of Iraqi Kurds was shown at the Venice Film Festival in 1992. Since Saleem’s debut feature, Kebab Connection (1998), he has written and directed several films including Beyond our Dreams (1999) and Vodka Lemon (2003), which was awarded Best Film at the Venice Film Festival in 2005. His feature film, Kilomètre Zéro (2004), was part of the official selection at the Cannes Film Festival and was followed in 2007 by the release of Dol ou la Vallée des Tambours (Beneath the Rooftops of Paris) (2007) and If You Die, I’ll Kill You (2011). My Sweet Pepper Land has won the special Jury Award at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, Best Film at the Chicago Film Festival and Best Film at the Duhok Film Festival in Kurdistan.
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