Fatima Wardy

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MFA Production Student

Fatima Wardy is a Sudanese writer-director who makes work across fiction and non-fiction mediums. Fatima's work examines the impact of displacement on individuals from across the black diaspora. She takes inspiration from the oral storytelling traditions of her Nubian grandparents and is committed to telling stories about her beloved homeland, Sudan. 

Prior to moving to Texas, Fatima was a journalist for BBC News and worked in documentary production for BBC Studios. In 2023, the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC) awarded Fatima Wardy a development grant to create a proof-of-concept for her feature documentary titled ‘The Love Marriage’. This personal archive-based film charts the history of modern Sudan through the lens of her parent’s courtship on the eve of Omar al-Bashir’s coup d'etat in 1989. 

Currently, she is developing a narrative short titled ‘White Musk’ about a young Muslim woman coming to terms with the loss of her mother. Fatima's studies have been supported by prestigious scholarships such as the BAFTA/Fulbright Award in 2021–2022 and the Pigott/BAFTA scholarship in 2022–2023. She is the 2023-23 recipient of the Jesse H. Jones Fellowship, administered by the Moody College of Communication at The University of Texas at Austin.