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Abdellah Taïa is the first Arab writer/filmmaker to publicly declare his homosexuality. He is the author of A Country for Dying, Another Morocco, Salvation Army, An Arab Melancholia, and Infidels. His novel Le jour du Roi won the French Prix de Flore in 2010. His first film, Salvation Army, was selected for the Venice Film Festival 2013, TIFF 2013, New Directors 2014, and won many international prizes.