Bard Faculty

Fiona Otway

Visiting Artist in Residence

Primary Academic Program: Film and Electronic Arts


BA, Hampshire College; MFA, Temple University. Filmmaker whose work is strongly influenced by a background in cultural anthropology, critical social theory, and experimental filmmaking and often explores themes related to globalization, community-based social change, and cultural identity. She has served as editor, director, producer, and cinematographer on film/video projects including, among others, The Pearl; Drawing the Tiger, winner of Best Feature Film at the Northwest Film Forum Festival; The Sum of Its Parts, official selection of the Goethe Institut Science Film Festival; An Education in Equality, a short film produced by the New York Times; Girl, Adopted, which was broadcast on PBS; and Hell and Back Again, which won the 2011 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize and was an Academy Award nominee. Two other films she edited were nominated for Academy Awards: Sari’s Mother (2006) and Iraq in Fragments (2005). Other honors: UNICEF Award for Drawing the Tiger; Princess Grace Foundation USA Award; and numerous awards and nominations for Hell and Back Again, including an Emmy Award nomination, duPont/Columbia University School of Journalism Award, Spirit Award nomination, British Independent Film Awards nomination, and Best Documentary award from the Moscow International Film Festival.