Laurence Attali studied philosophy and cinema at Paris Sorbonne, and theater at Vincennes, before quickly turning to editing. Chief editor for cinema and television, fiction and documentaries. Sent to Senegal by for 5 days, she went back there, one month later, to make her first documentary. Then she began incessant round trips between Paris and Dakar where she has directed and produced most of her films. Her works have been selected by numerous festivals and received several awards. Laurence obtained Senegalese nationality in 2004.