Hafsia Herzi

Hafsia Herzi (born 25 January 1987) is a French actress and film director of Algerian and Tunisian descent. She is best known for her debut role in the award-winning Franco-Tunisian feature The Secret of the Grain for which she won the award for most promising actress at the César Awards 2008, and the Marcello Mastroianni award, for best emerging actor or actress at the 64th Venice International Film Festival.[1][2]

Hafsia Herzi
Hafsia Herzi at the 2018 Cabourg Film Festival
Born (1987-01-25) 25 January 1987
OccupationActress, film director
Years active2007–present


She is of Tunisian descent by her father and Algerian by her mother is the youngest of a family of four children (two brothers and a sister, Dalila), After the divorce of her parents, her father remarried in Algeria. Her mother lives in Marseille, where Hafsia grows up.

A private driver sued the actress after receiving a series of SMS insults, including a "dirty Arab", for events occurring during a race on November 29, 2017,14,15. On November 13, 2019, Hafsia Herzi was found guilty of racial insults by the Paris Court of Appeal. The court states in its judgment:

"The civil party rightly points out that the only term" dirty Arab "characterizes an outrageous statement, regardless of whether the author of the subject had the same origins as the recipient, the appreciation of the subject to be objective Moreover, neither humor nor the second degree emerges from the conflicting exchanges between the protagonists."


Selected filmography

Year Title Role Notes
2007The Secret of the GrainRymCésar Award for Most Promising Actress
Lumières Award for Most Promising Actress
Marcello Mastroianni Award
Shooting Stars Award
2008Dawn of the WorldZahra
A Man and His DogLeïla
2009The King of EscapeCurly Durandot
Buried SecretsAïcha
2010The Rabbi's CatZlebiaVoice
2011Jimmy RivièreSonia
House of ToleranceSamira
The SourceLoubna Esmeralda
2012The InheritanceHajar
2013Exit MarrakechKarima
The MarchersMonia
On My WayJeanne
2014Le Sac de farinehSarah
Certifiée Halal
War StoryHafsia
2015Par accidentAmra
2016Sex DollVirginie
2017Des plans sur la comèteInès
Of Skin and MenAmel
Mektoub, My Love: Canto UnoCamélia
2018Féminin pluriellesHafsia Chouchane
Black Tide
Le Banc
2019You Deserve a LoveLilaAlso as director
Mektoub My Love: IntermezzoCamélia
Persona non grataIris


  1. Dupont, Joan (2008-02-21). "Hafsia Herzi portrays another France in 'La graine et le mulet'". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-02-08.
  2. "Free Czech-ing". New York Post. 2010-04-04. Retrieved 2018-02-08.
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