From 1977 to 1983, he worked as an assistant director for France’s state television production company, Société française de production (South F P). Subsequently, he worked for broadcasters TF1 and Antenne 2. Bouchareb began making short films in the 1980s.
His featured film debut came in 1985 with Bâton Rouge.
Bouchareb"s films have a following amongst international cineastes.