Saeed Taji Farouky is an award-winning human rights documentary filmmaker with 20 years experience in film.

Farouky's films take a deeply humanist and immersive approach to their subjects, often referencing the relationship between filmmaker and subject. His latest film Tell Spring Not to Come This Year won two awards at Berlinale 2015, was released in UK cinemas by Soda Pictures and was called "a powerful, beautifully shot documentary" (4 stars) by The Guardian's Peter Bradshaw. 

Born in the UK to Palestinian / Egyptian parents, Farouky has lived half his life in the Arab World, and filmed extensively in the Middle East and North Africa. His films have been broadcast on ARTE/ZDF, Channel 4 (UK), the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, NRK (Norway) and Al-Jazeera International, amongst others. For his work in innovative documentary, Farouky was named a Senior Fellow with TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) in 2011, and was previously names Artist-In-Residence at Tate Britain, and twice named Artist-In-Residence at the British Museum.

“I think cinema is most powerful when it’s not constrained by commercial or mainstream considerations, and Artist’s Cut / Random Acts is the perfect opportunity for me to experiment and take risks with the form. It’s a real honour to have this support and to be able to contribute in some small way to the creative short filmmaking landscape in the UK.”