Saeed Taji Farouky is a documentary photographer, filmmaker and writer who specialises in documenting issues of human rights and social justice in the Middle East and North Africa.

His work has been published by The Observer, The Telegraph, The Independent, Reuters, BBC Online and The Economist Group amongst others.

He is currently a TED Senior Fellow, was previously named Artist-in-Residence at the Tate Britain and The British Museum, and is Director of the award-winning documentary production company Tourist With A Typewriter.


Nikon Project Assistance Award longlisted portfolio: Western Sahara, Africa's Last Colony - Images by Saeed Taji Farouky

//LATEST NEWS//

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MAY 2011**
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Crew returns to France for The Runner //
Saeed, Brendan Butler and Marie-Therese Garvey drove to the village of Font-Romeu in the French Pyrenees to continue filming Tourist With A Typewriter's current feature documentary The Runner.

**FEBRUARY 2011**
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Saeed awarded The Arctic Circle residency//
On a two-week sailing trip around the Arctic ocean, Saeed will collaborate with futurist and multi-media artist Connor Dickie on a film exploring the psychogeography of the Arctic.

**
DECEMBER 2010**

//Profile in Dubai art magazine Brownbook//
I was interviewed by Dubai's Brownbook Magazine about my documentary film work, and my latest feature documentary
The Runner. You can read the entire article here...

//ARC photography commission in Hull complete...opening August 20//
The ARC / Arts Council commission I've been working on over the past few months in Hull is complete (see the main image above) . We're putting together the final edit, and the exhibition opens at the ARC building on August 20th. Check back here, I'll post more details of the opening when I get them. In the meantime, you can see some early images and read my journals during the making of the project here.

**MAY 2010**
//AWARDED ARC commission...//
I've been awarded the ARC (Hull) / Arts Council commission for my proposal for a civic work of art - a series of documentary portraits that connect the people of Hull with their own and the city's personal and official history.
For more, read the press release...
And you can follow the development of the project by subscribing to my online journals.

//the runner...ARC commission shortlist...//
My latest long-form documentary, The Runner, being made through my production company Tourist With A Typewriter, was accepted into the StoryDoc development and pitching programme. Read more on the Tourist website here.

My proposal for a series of photographic / film portraits of residents of Hull was shortlisted for the ARC / Arts Council commission. Read more about it here...

**FEBRUARY 2010**
Saeed, along with a brilliant crew of Brendan Butler, Afshin Dekhordi, Jo Metson Scott and Hikaru Toda, fly to the Polisario refugee camps in Algeria to film more of their latest long-form documentary The Runner. We'll be out of touch until our return on February 27, but please watch the trailer, and follow our progress
through our blog...

**JANUARY 2010**
//TED Fellowship//
Big news from the last few weeks of 2009 was that I've been selected as a TED Fellow for 2010 for my photography and documentary film work.

A series of images taken while on tour of West Bank olive plantations with the Fairtrade Foundation was a featured portfolio and "under the spotlight" on the documentary photography website socialdocumentary.net.
You can view the full portfolio on my website here.

Our Tourist With A Typewriter blog - the production journals of my documentary film and photography work - has been revamped and is now being regularly updated.
Have a look
and sign up to receive regular updates.

**SEPTEMBER 2009**
//Portfolio longlisted for BJP award//
Images from my photo-essay on one of the world's largest de-mining operations, in the Western Sahara, was longlisted for the British Journal of Photography's Nikon Project Assistance Award. See the full portfolio here, or visit the selected images on the
BJP's website.

**JUNE 2009**
//demotix photography//
Another photo story promoted to the front page of Demotix - Jerusalem's Gay Pride Parade:

//demotix photography//
My photographs of the demonstration outside the Iranian embassy in London were selected for the front page of Demotix, the photography website. See my portfolios here.





//hard time killing floor//
In May, I was selected as part of the Angle Theatre's New Writers season at the Hackney Empire. My script - Hard Time Killing Floor, about a Turkish/British man returning to London after awaiting execution for 12 years in a Turkish prison - will be read on June 7th. more...

**MAY 2009**
//i still see the stars at noon//
The first documentary I ever directed, I See The Stars At Noon, is being screened on May 13, 2009, at Goldsmiths College in London, followed by a Q&A. Entry is free, screenings begin at 5pm. The screening is part of an excellent installation by artists Roberto Cavallini and Daniele Rugo called Leaving Room which has already toured to Venice, Istanbul and Tangier.

The film, shot in 2004, follows a Moroccan man on a desparate journey to cross illegally into Spain.

//gaza again//
With three weeks free in May before my play is performed (more about that later...) I'm going to try for Gaza again, this time reporting for Reuters Alertnet. I'm going through Erez, Israel, this time rarther than banking on the impossiblity of Rafah.

**APRIL 2009**
//not gaza...//
You may have heard, Laila El-Haddad (co-Director of Tunnel Trade) who was supposed to join me in Gaza was detained, along with her two young children, for 36 hours in Cairo airport. You can read about it on her blog or see this summary of her twitter page (courtesy of Hootsbuddy) which she managed to keep updated during the entire ordeal. BBC online wrote about her, as well as several other news outlets.

**MARCH 2009**
//gaza...//
The Tourist Team are on their way back to Gaza in April where I'll be working with Laila El-Haddad (co-Director of Tunnel Trade) again on a human rights video project (can't give out all the details about it just yet, but more to come...)

We'll also be working on a series of short films in Gaza , so any ideas or contacts please let us know...

//twitter//
I have decided to join the future. In case you'd like to join me there, follow me on my twitter page, or follow my documentary film work with my production company Tourist With A Typewriter on Tourist Twitter!

//blog//
Our blog is finally online again
. Follow our exploits, adventures, ideas and fears on Tourist With A Blogwriter

//vbs//
Saeed was recently interviewed by the people at VBS (Vice Magazine's online tv channel) about his experiences making Tunnel Trade. Watch the film here.

//empire//

Gareth and Saeed were in Cairo for a mere three days filming a piece for Al-Jazeera's news programme Empire...more news on that coming soon (when we finish the film)

//imdb//
Tourist was invited to add a page on IMDB for their 2007 film, Tunnel Trade.

December '08
The Path of Most Resistance, Saeed's latest documentary as producer and camerman with his production company Tourist With A Typewriter can now be seen online, on Al-Jazeera English's YouTube channel.
Watch part one and part two.

November '08
Saeed is in the West Bank reporting on plans to certify Palestinian farmers with the world's first Fairtrade olive oil. Visit again soon for links.

Robert Weiss, the subject of The Path of Most Resistance, is released from prison.

October '08
Tunnel Trade is an official selection at the Toronto Palestine Film Festival, October 25 to November 1.

The Path of Most Resistance will receive its North American premier at Minneapolis' Mizna Festival, followed by a special Q&A with Wes Davey, President of the Minnesota chapter of Iraq Veterans Against The War.

September '08
Tourist's film about de-mining in Burundi, Landmine-Free Burundi, was broadcast on Current TV for their Peace One Day special. Watch the film here on Current TVs website.

July '08
The Path of Most Resistance, a documentary produced and filmed by Saeed Taji Farouky and directed by Gareth Keogh will premier at London's prestigeous Frontline Club on August 8th. The Path of Most Resistance is the latest film from Al-Jazeera International and Tourist With a Typewiter, the documentary production company co-Directed by Saeed and Gareth, Click here for more details of the screening and how to get tickets, and read more about the film here.

Tourist Co-Director Saeed Taji Farouky has been awarded a bursary to study at the Centre for Investigative Journalism in their 2008 Summer School, featuring celebrated journalists like John Pilger and Nick Davies as tutors. Read more about the programme here.

Two of Saeed Taji Farouky's photographs from his work in the West Bank have been selected for the prestigeous Foto8 Summer Show at London's Host Gallery, alongside such established names as Zed Nelson, Adam Hinton and Karim Ben Khelifa. The images are short-listed for the Best in Show award, and may be published in the October edition of 8 magazine, the UK's premier photojournalism and documentary photography magazine.
The images are for sale at the exhibition opening, so click here for details of how to attend.

May '08
Following his visit to Burundi in March, Saeed reported for The Guardian on the country's landmine clearance operation. Read the article here, and see his photographs here.

Gareth Keogh who, along with Saeed, is co-Director of documentary production company Tourist With A Typewriter, has finished editing his documentary The Path of Most Resistance about conscientious objectors from the US Military. Read the team's production journals here.

Mar '08
Saeed is currently in Burundi, photographing and reporting for The Guardian, BBC Online and Reuters Alertnet. He's also shooting a film with the Swiss demining charity FSD. The film documents FSD's programme to declare Burundi the world's first 100% landmine free country. Read Saeed's production journals here.

Tunnel Trade, co-Directed by Saeed and Laila El-Haddad in Gaza in May of 2007 will screen at the London Independent Documentary Festival on April 5,
the
New Orleans Human Rights Film Festival on April 13,
and the Palestine Film Festival in London on April 19.

Feb '08
Post production continues on Tourist With A Typewriter's film about conscientious objectors from the U.S. military - The Path of Most Resistance.


Jan '08
The Tourist team are back from the U.S. after further production on their latest documentary about conscientuous objectors from the U.S. military, The Path of Most Resistance. Read the team's production journals here.


Dec '07

Saeed and the Tourist With A Typewriter team head to the U.S. for some clandestine filming for their latest documentary about conscientuous objectors from the U.S. military, The Path of Most Resistance.
Look out for more details of their trip which, for their own safety, won't be revealed until they return on January 4th...

Sept '07
Upcoming screenings of I See The Stars At Noon:
Sodepau's
Arab Film Week 18th-21st of October: Barcelona, Spain
OVNI, October 4-6 at CECUT (Centro Cultural De Tijuana) Tijuana, Mexico
OVNI, Ovtober 17-20 at CCIMX (Centro Cultural de Espana en Mexico) Mexico City


Tunnel Trade will screen on Al-Jazeera International's "People & Power" programme at these times:
Monday, September 3 (0130 GMT)
Tuesday, September 4 (0630 and 1330 GMT)
Saturday, September 8 (0300 and 2030 GMT)

You can watch the film online here.

Aug '07
Saeed, with Tourist With A Typewriter Ltd, has completed two more documentary films.Tunnel Trade is an Al-Jazeera "People & Power" documentary about smuggling through tunnels into Gaza, and A Midsummer Night's War, is an Al-Jazeera "Witness" short asking if art and culture can survive the ravages of war.
Following their premiers at London's Frontline Club, they will screen on Al-Jazeera International. Click here for more details, or read the film's production journals here.

July '07
The rough cut of Tunnel Trade, an Al-Jazeera "People & Power" documentary about smuggling through tunnels into Gaza, is complete. Read the production journals here.

The trailer for I See The Stars At Noon can now be viewed online, and DVDs of the full 57-minute film can be purchaed by emailing us here.

May '07
As some of Gaza's worst factional violence broke out, Saeed was there, filming two documentaries and reporting for The Independent and Reuters Alertnet

Saeed is back in Palestine/Israel for the third workshop of the Side-by-Side project. Read more about it here.

April '07
Saeed returns to Western Sahara for more work on a two-year long documentary project.

March '07
The Tourist With A Typewriter documentary I See The Stars At Noon will screen in Montreal at the Montreal Human Rights Film Festival, March 23-29th, and at the Mizna Arab Film Festival in Minneapolis, March 31.

Gothenburg, Sweden's Museum of World Culture invites Director Saeed Taji Farouky to a screening and discussion of I See The Stars At Noon as part of the museum's series of events on human trafficking.

Feb '07
Saeed joines Italian documentary film and festival director Federico Ambiel in Lebanon for his surreal journey; Skiing With Hezbullah

Jan '07
Saeed finally enters the world of blogging. Read the production journals of Tourist With A Typewriter

Saeed returns to Palestine/Israel to continue his ambitious photography project with UK-based charity PhotoVoice (more about it here...)

Nov '06
Director Saeed Taji Farouky invited to Dokfestival Leipzig, Germany's biggest documentary film festival, as a panelist on Arab documentaries (more...)

 

 

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