Farihah Zaman

Farihah Zaman is a queer Bangladeshi-American filmmaker, critic, educator, and curator whose award-winning work as a director has screened at Sundance, Toronto, New York Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, SXSW, and more. Her first feature was Remote Area Medical, followed by This Time Next Year, and the doc-fiction hybrid Feast of the Epiphany, 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, among others, and her industry experience includes roles at Magnolia Pictures, IFP, The Flaherty Seminar, and Laura Poitras-founded company Field of Vision. Zaman also contributes to the documentary community through teaching/mentoring at institutions like SVA, NYU, Uniondocs, and Bronx Documentary Center, and through equity driven collectives like Beyond Inclusion and Brown Girls Doc Mafia, where she serves as the Director of Grants and Program. Zaman was Documentarian in Residence at Bard College 2018-2019, named a Top 40 under 40 filmmaker by Doc NYC, and is currently an Impact Partners Producing Fellow, and member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.


American Carnage

Program Affiliation

Spark Fund

Cohort Year

2017 (Our 100 Days)
2022 (Spark Fund)



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Spark Fund

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