Farihah Zaman

South Asian


Farihah Zaman is a Bangladeshi-American filmmaker, critic, and curator. Her first feature was the award-winning documentary Remote Area Medical, followed by This Time Next Year (premiered 2014 Tribeca Film Festival) and the doc-fiction hybrid Feast of the Epiphany (premiered BAMcinemafest 2018), as well as several shorts (Kombit, Nobody Loves Me, American Carnage, and To Be Queen, which is part of the Emmy-nominated New York Times Op-Doc series From Here to Home). She produced the Sundance-award winning Netflix Original, Ghosts of Sugar Land, which was shortlisted for 2020 Academy Award nomination. Zaman has written for Reverse Shot, Film Comment, Elle, Huffington Post, Filmmaker Magazine, and AV Club, among others, and her diverse background in the film industry includes roles at independent distributor Magnolia Pictures, IFP, The Flaherty Seminar, and serving as the Production Manager for Field of Vision (founded by Laura Poitras and Charlotte Cook), where she worked with artists like Marshall Curry, Garrett Bradley, Lyric Cabral, Josh Begley, and Ramell Ross on films eventually published at The Atlantic, The New Yorker, Buzzfeed, Vice, Wired and more. She was the Documentarian in Residence at Bard College 2018-2019, has been named a Top 40 under 40 filmmaker by Doc NYC and Topic Studios, and is a member of the documentary branch of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.

Active Projects

Nobody Loves Me (Directing/Producing - doc series developing with Participant Media)

Watermelon Thump Queen (Directing/Producing - doc feature exploring female coming of age and race relations through a local teen election, seeking funds to begin edit and post production, seeking BIPOC editor and producer)

The Great Experiment (Producing for Steve Maing + Eric Metzgar - verite doc feature time capsule of four years during Trump presidency, seeking production funds)

In Plain Sight (Producing for PJ Raval - doc anthology and transmedia art activation, seeking production funds and EP/production support)

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