A screenwriter and script doctor, Joëlle Touma started writing screenplays in 1998. At that time she was also a TV host and an actress in Lebanon. She then became the Beirut correspondent for the French daily Libération and the Belgian daily Le Soir, also working as a fixer in Lebanon with several media outlets. Since 2006, she has been dedicating herself only to writing screenplays. She has worked with Ziad Doueiri (Lila says 2004, The Attack 2011 and The Insult 2017) and Rachid Bouchareb (Just Like a Woman 2011). The Insult was shortlisted for the Oscar of Best Foreign Film in 2018. She also wrote an episode for Le Bureau des Légendes, a French series produced by Canal+ and is developing a script for a new feature film with Ziad Doueiri.