About Farah

Farah Nabulsi is a Palestinian British filmmaker and human rights advocate.

She is the daughter of Palestinians who were fortunate enough to make a home in 1970's Britain — unlike the millions who continue to remain stateless in refugee camps.

Born, raised and educated in London, Farah began her career as an institutional equity stockbroker. She ended up with a CFA designation at JP Morgan Chase before moving on to build a children-focused business that she ran for 10 years.

In 2015, she started working in the Palestinian film industry.

She created a nonprofit production company through which she writes, produces and directs fiction films, exploring Palestine related topics that matter to her and she created a digital resource to deconstruct the occupation in a way never done before.

Filmmaker

Farah writes, directs and produces fiction films inspired by Palestinian realities.

Her latest short film The Present, which stars renowned actor Saleh Bakri and qualified for the 2021 Oscars, sheds light on how Palestinians are deprived of the basic right to freedom of movement. It won the Audience Award for Best Film at Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival 2020 (world premiere), the Jury Award for Best Live Action Short at the Cleveland International Film Festival (North American premiere), the Audience Award at the Brooklyn Film Festival and, at Palm Springs International ShortFest, it won the Special Jury Bridging the Borders Award and Audience Pick. 

In her words: "The arts play a crucial role in changing the world and I believe film precedes them all. It gives voice to the silenced, thereby helping build the empathy and understanding needed to effect change."

Her films have been officially selected to international film festivals around the world and her novel approach has been endorsed by the likes of Noam Chomsky, Hanan Ashrawi, John Pilger, Ken Loach and others.

Farah is currently working on her first feature-length film.

Films

Oceans of Injustice

For decades, a gross injustice has been perpetuated against an entire people. Through consumption of news media, we think we understand what they are going through. But we have no idea.

Today They Took My Son

A mother coping with her young son being taken away by a military system. Her helplessness to prevent the cruel and inhumane treatment she knows he is experiencing is more than any mother can bear.

Nightmare of Gaza Coming Soon

A haunting, abstract and experimental narrative of a woman in the streets of Gaza surrounded by the devastation after the bombs have stopped. She has been helping others, but revelations show it is she who now needs help.

The Present Coming Soon

On his wedding anniversary, Yusef and his young daughter set out in the West Bank to buy his wife a gift. Between soldiers, segregated roads and checkpoints, how easy would it be to go shopping?

Speaker

Farah is an engaging and relatable speaker. She brings a down-to-earth artists perspective into the discourse that leaves audiences enlightened, energised and inspired.

In addition to the following topics, she can tailor her talks according to each event and each audience:

  • Importance of Artistic Advocacy
  • From Finance to Filmmaker
  • Now is the time to act for Palestine
  • Refugee Right of Return 
  • Israeli Apartheid
  • Palestinian Child Prisoners
  • Occupation 101

Speaking engagements have included:

  • United Nations headquarters, Trustee Council Chamber, USA
  • London School of Economics, UK
  • Harvard University, USA
  • California State University, USA
  • Democrats for North Orange County, USA
  • Friends of Palestine Bath, UK
  • Arab conference at Harvard, USA
  • Claremont Graduate University, USA
  • Welfare Association, Jordan
  • SOAS, UK
  • American University, DC, USA
  • Westminster University, UK
  • Friends of Al Quds Foundation, UK
  • London College of Communication, UK
  • Palestine Expo, UK
  • CAABU, UK
  • King’s College, UK
  • York University, Canada

Frequently Asked Questions

Can we screen Farah's films at our event?

Sure you can. Just get in touch with Farah using the 'CONTACT' tab and let her know details about the event. She will arrange for downloadable film files to be sent to you.  On request, if Farah is available and depending on location, she can also do a Q&A session either in person or via video conference call for your screening event.

How can I visit Palestine?

If you are interested in visiting Palestine, please send Farah a message. While she does not arrange trips, she will forward your enquiry to someone who does.

How can I support Farah's work?

There are many ways, ranging from hosting private screenings, introductions, student support, funding and more. Send a message introducing yourself and how you think you could support her.

Can I work with Farah?

Everything is possible! Just send a message to Farah with details about yourself and your skillset and how you think you can work together.