Zulfiya Hamzaki

MRes Student
XR Stories
University of York

Zulfiya is a documentary filmmaker from India. She is a research Masters student (MSc in Interactive Media) at the University of York’s Department of Theatre, Film, Television and Interactive Media (TFTI).

At DC Labs, she is researching the potential of non-linear interactive documentary storytelling in the UK's heritage and culture industries. In collaboration with the Council for British Archaeology (CBA), she is looking at how bringing together personal stories of heritage on an interactive documentary platform can benefit the CBA.

Zulfiya's previous films have explored women in sport in India, immigration in the United States, Native American issues and refugee resettlement in California. She has experience working with non-profit organizations on video projects in the areas of gender, sexuality, rural journalism, disability, education, environment and social design. She has a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Documentary Film and Video from Stanford University, USA, and a Master of Arts (MA) in Media and Communications with a specialization in Audio-Visual Production from Symbiosis International University in Pune, India.

Her MFA thesis film “Crossing Borders” was picked up by UK based global documentary streaming platform, True Story. Her films have screened on cable TV in Oregon USA, at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, San Diego Asian Film Festival, Seattle Asian American Film Festival, NewFilmmakers Los Angeles and the 14th IAWRT Asian Women’s Film Festival in New Delhi, among others.