Raised in the suburbs of Strasbourg by a single mother, Abd Al Malik veered toward a life of crime even as he excelled in school. Despite his tough beginnings, Malik has become an acclaimed multitalented artist, winning awards and praise for his music, writing and filmmaking. In 2007, Malik won the Victoire de la Musique Award in the urban music category for his first album Gibraltar. He has also authored books, including Qu’Allah bénisse la France (Laurence Trân Prize winner) and La guerre des banlieues n’aura pas lieu (Edgar Faure Prize winner). In 2008, he was decorated with the French Chevalier Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. His directorial debut, a cinematic adaption of May Allah Bless France!, received the FIPRESCI Prize at the Toronto International Film Festival. In August 2014, Abd Al Malik was a member of the jury of the Le Festival du Film Francophone d’Angoulême together with Dyana Gaye and FFC’s own Anne Kern, which was presided over by iconic French actress Sabine Azéma.