Fatima Matousse, a Moroccan native, is an independent filmmaker and 2015 Fulbright Scholar. In 2018, Matousse graduated with an MFA in Documentary Film at the City College of New York (CUNY), where her debut film, “Family in Exile,” won the Best Cinematography award and received an honorable mention for best documentary short at the IMDb Independent Shorts Awards.

Matousse also holds an MA in Cultural and Media Studies from Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah University in Fez where she focused on the postcolonial history of marginalized women in Morocco.

In 2014, she founded the Mirrors Art Festival in Agadir, with the Goethe Institute’s support. Also in 2014, she was selected to partake in the Cultural Management Training in Germany, funded by the Goethe Institute.

In 2008, she received a Full Scholarship from the European Union to attend “Training of Trainers” in Global Education at the University of Youth and Development in Mollina, Spain.

In 2007, she received a full scholarship by the US State Department to attend a Leadership Training for Young Leaders organized by the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI). Matousse is currently working on her second documentary, highlighting the added obstacles and prejudices deaf women face in Morocco.

Q&A at the Anthology Film Archives Film in New York after the screening of the documentary “Family in Exile” during the Fall Screenings of the NYNewFilmmakers Film Festival, Oct. 2018