Malika Zouhali-Worrall is an Emmy-nominated director, writer and editor based in Brooklyn, NY. Her first film, CALL ME KUCHU premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2012, going on to screen at more than 200 film festivals and win 20 awards, including the Berlinale’s Teddy and Cinema Fairbindet Awards. CALL ME KUCHU was theatrically and digitally released in North America and Europe, broadcast on BBC World, and further distributed by the United Nations. Malika’s second film, THANK YOU FOR PLAYING, an ITVS/ POV co-production, premiered at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival, and broadcast in the U.S. on POV, after a theatrical release in 2016. It has been nominated for three Emmys at the 38th Annual News & Documentary Emmy® Awards, to be announced in October 2017, including Best Editing and Best Documentary.
Malika has also directed and edited shorts for The New York Times, Vice, and Human Rights Watch. Malika is a Roger Ebert Directing Fellow and an alum of the Film Independent Documentary Lab, the Tribeca All Access program, Garrett Scott Documentary Development grant, and Firelight Producers Lab. She has served on film juries at Hot Docs and Full Frame Film Festivals, and teaches filmmaking at UnionDocs Center for Documentary Art in Brooklyn, New York. In 2012, Filmmaker Magazine named Malika one of 25 New Faces of Independent Film. The daughter of a Moroccan and Berber mother and a British father, Malika is a graduate of Cambridge University, and holds an M.A. in International Affairs from the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po), where she studied with a full scholarship from the Entente Cordiale Scholarship Scheme.