Masrouki Habib, from Kairouan, lighting specialist and talented cinematographer, passed away in November 1980. He was 30 years old.
In most of the direction in wich he took part, he showed a just inspiration and a remarkable acuity.
He is a product of amateur cinema, Habib Masrouki, cinema lover of great culture directed in 1967,"Notre Monde," a 10 minutes animated film.
In this film and through cigarette packets subjected to all kinds of acrobatics, Masrouki put together a biting parable on the great powers of this world and their hegemonic systems.
The political symbolism in this film is effective because it relies on humor. (Unfortunately this short film remains to date not found).
In 1972, he was the cinematographer of the film "Seuils Interdits" by his friend and accomplice Ridha Béhi. The chiseling of the frame and the graphic extremely neat of the pictures are marked with the footprint of this creator.
Habib Masrouki integrates the collective of the New Theatre in its creation in 1975, accompanied by Fadhel Jaïbi, Fadhel Jaziri, Jalila Baccar and Mohamed Driss.
Within the group, his talent is fully expressed and his early inspiration and sensitivity, palpable in "La Noce", a masterpiece of Tunisian cinema shot in 1978 from the adaptation of an eponymous play founded by the New Theatre in 1976-1977.
In this film Masrouki Habib was the surveyor of light and its nuances.