About Farah

Farah Nabulsi is a Palestinian British Oscar nominated and BAFTA award-winning 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 film industry.

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


Farah is an Academy Award Nominated and BAFTA Award Winning Palestinian British filmmaker who writes, directs and produces fiction films inspired by socially relevant themes. In 2016 she started working in the film industry as a writer & producer of short fiction films. This includes Today They Took My Son, endorsed by British Director Ken Loach and screened at the United Nations.

The PRESENT, her directorial debut, which she also co-wrote and produced, premiered at Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival 2020 and won the coveted Audience Award for Best Film. It went on to win over 50 International Film Festival Jury and Audience Awards, a BAFTA Award and an Oscar Nomination. The Present was licensed internationally including to Canal+ and Netflix Worldwide. 

THE TEACHER, is Farah’s directorial fiction feature length film debut, staring Palestinian actor, Saleh Bakri and British actress Imogen Poots. It had its World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF 2023), in Official Selection for the Discovery Program. 

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."

Farah has been invited to serve as a jury member at numerous festivals and as a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.



The Teacher Coming Soon

A Palestinian school teacher struggles to reconcile his risky commitment to political resistance with his emotional support for one of his students and the chance of a new relationship with a volunteer worker.

The Present

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?

Nightmare of Gaza

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.

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.

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.


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
  • King’s College, UK
  • York University, Canada

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