BIO & CONTACT
Malika Zouhali-Worrall is an Emmy award-winning director and editor based in Brooklyn, NY. Her first film, CALL ME KUCHU, a collaboration with Katherine Fairfax Wright, 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 Award, and Hot Docs’ Best International Feature Award. 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, a collaboration with David Osit and 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. In 2017 the film was awarded the News & Documentary Emmy® Award for Outstanding Arts & Culture Documentary, and was also nominated for Outstanding Documentary Editing and Best Documentary.
More recently, Malika directed the pilot episode for European broadcaster ARTE’s Earn A Living (IDFA 2018), a documentary series that examines experiments worldwide in universal basic income. She is in post-production on her third short film for New York Times OpDocs.
Malika’s films have been supported by Sundance, Tribeca Film Institute, Film Independent, Firelight Producers Lab, the Fledgling Fund, as well as the Chaz & Roger Ebert Directing Fellowship and the Garrett Scott Documentary Development Grant. She is currently a San Francisco Film / Catapult Documentary Fellow, and recently received the year-long Chicken & Egg Award fellowship, (formerly known as the Breakthrough Award).
Malika 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 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.
Email: malika.worrall [at] gmail.com